Crude Oil http://nwpr.org en Workers Question Safety Culture Of Railroad Hauling Volatile Crude Oil http://nwpr.org/post/workers-question-safety-culture-railroad-hauling-volatile-crude-oil <p>Crude oil shipments by rail increased by more than 80 percent, nationally, last year.</p><p>Most of it is coming from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. That crude is more flammable than other types of oil, and has been shown to catch fire and explode when trains derail.</p><p>More than 15 trains of Bakken oil move through some parts of the Northwest each week, en route to refineries and terminals in Washington and Oregon.</p><p>Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway transports the majority of that oil.</p><p>The company regularly touts its commitment to safety.</p><p>But an EarthFix investigation reveals some troubling patterns in the way BNSF Railway deals with whistleblowers – particularly those who voice concerns about safety.</p><p>Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix. EarthFix’s Tony Schick contributed to the reporting for this story. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:43:37 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 48398 at http://nwpr.org Workers Question Safety Culture Of Railroad Hauling Volatile Crude Oil BNSF Won’t Stop Release Of Oil Train Info By Seeking Injunction http://nwpr.org/post/bnsf-won-t-stop-release-oil-train-info-seeking-injunction <p>The federal Department of Transportation has required railroads to notify states when they're shipping more than 1 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil by rail.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:58:06 +0000 Cassandra Profita 47949 at http://nwpr.org BNSF Won’t Stop Release Of Oil Train Info By Seeking Injunction Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States http://nwpr.org/post/despite-confidentiality-concerns-bnsf-will-report-oil-shipments-states <p>BNSF Railway said it will comply with a Saturday federal deadline to provide states with information about the frequency and routes of oil trains from North Dakota and Montana.</p><p>The railroad made that announcement Friday even though Washington, Oregon and Idaho have balked at signing confidentiality agreements about the crude oil shipments.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:45:24 +0000 Austin Jenkins 47126 at http://nwpr.org Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States Crude Oil Train Oversight Divides Washington Legislature http://nwpr.org/post/crude-oil-train-oversight-divides-washington-legislature <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/020414TB_CrudeByRail_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In Olympia, state lawmakers are going down divergent tracks in how to respond to the rapid increase of crude oil trains crossing the region.<p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 02:49:29 +0000 Tom Banse 40978 at http://nwpr.org Crude Oil Train Oversight Divides Washington Legislature Inland NW Needs More Spill Response Capacity For Oil Trains http://nwpr.org/post/inland-nw-needs-more-spill-response-capacity-oil-trains <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rapid rise in crude oil shipping by rail means Northwest states need to bulk up their oil spill response capacity. That&#39;s according to members of a task force of Pacific states and British Columbia which met in Seattle Wednesday.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:14:57 +0000 Tom Banse 34772 at http://nwpr.org Inland NW Needs More Spill Response Capacity For Oil Trains Planned Crude-by-Rail Terminal In Tacoma Scrapped http://nwpr.org/post/planned-crude-rail-terminal-tacoma-scrapped <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/090613TB_OilTerm_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A fuel terminal developer has unexpectedly scrapped a project at the Port of Tacoma that was intended to receive crude oil by rail.<p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 00:51:18 +0000 Tom Banse 33785 at http://nwpr.org Planned Crude-by-Rail Terminal In Tacoma Scrapped How To Clean Up A Crude Oil Spill From Trains http://nwpr.org/post/how-clean-crude-oil-spill-trains <p>Pacific Northwest refineries have been getting their crude oil for years from tankers and pipelines. Last September, trains began shipping crude oil into the region by rail. EarthFix reporter Courtney Flatt explains what that means for emergency crews.</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 16:04:10 +0000 Courtney Flatt 27234 at http://nwpr.org Northwest On Verge Of Becoming Pacific Crude Oil Gateway http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-verge-becoming-pacific-crude-oil-gateway <p>The Northwest is on the verge of becoming a gateway for crude oil. Three different developers have plans to use docks on Grays Harbor, Washington to transfer crude oil from trains to ships. Other projects are getting off the ground in Tacoma, Vancouver, BC and on the lower Columbia River. There was a huge turnout Wednesday night at an introductory public workshop in Aberdeen, Washington. Correspondent Tom Banse reports the response indicates crude-by-rail may be the region’s next big environmental controversy. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:33:39 +0000 Tom Banse 22007 at http://nwpr.org Northwest On Verge Of Becoming Pacific Crude Oil Gateway