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Oil Trains
4:26 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Northwest Officials Unite Against Coal And Oil Trains

Increased oil train traffic in the Northwest is prompting policymakers to consider whether their states have sufficient safety measures in place to deal with the risk of a crash or spill.
Credit U.S. Department of Transportation

More than 150 elected officials from across the Northwest have teamed up to speak out against coal and oil trains. Their new group, the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance, held its third meeting in Portland Tuesday.

Washington’s King County Executive Dow Constantine has stepped up to chair the group. It includes officials from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.

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Oil Trains
4:27 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Draft Report On Oil Transportation Delivered To Lawmakers

An oil train passes through Spokane County.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The Washington department of Ecology has completed a draft report to the legislature outlining safety recommendations to deal with increased oil train traffic in the state.

The Ecology department worked with the Utilities and Transportation Commission and the state’s Emergency Management Division to prepare the draft report on improving public safety. Lisa Copeland is a spokeswoman for Ecology.

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