oil trains

Oil Train Legislation
7:09 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Washington Legislature Fails To Pass Comprehensive Oil Train Legislation

More oil is moving through Washington state from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. That has many concerned about oil train safety. The oil has proven extremely flammable, causing several explosions in North America.

State legislators on both sides of the aisle introduced bills to address the concerns.

But the session ended last week without a compromise.

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Oil Train Regulation
6:11 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Exploding Oil Trains Prompt More Stringent Safety Tests

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring crude oil from North Dakota and Montana to be tested before being transported by railroads.

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Oil Train Tax
6:27 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Washington State Senators Propose Tax On Oil Train Shipments

File photo of a BNSF train.
Raymond D. Woods Jr. Flickr

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:07 am

Powerful members of the Washington state Senate are on board with a plan to tax crude oil shipped into the state by rail.

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Oil Trains
6:49 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Crude Oil Train Oversight Divides Washington Legislature

File photo of a BNSF train from March 16, 2013.
Raymond D. Woods Jr. Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 9:50 pm

In Olympia, state lawmakers are going down divergent tracks in how to respond to the rapid increase of crude oil trains crossing the region.

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Oil Trains
7:34 am
Thu January 23, 2014

New Legislation Calls For Transparency On Oil Moving Through Washington

Lawmakers in Olympia Wednesday held a hearing on a new bill concerning oil transport. More oil is moving into terminals and refineries in the state from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. That has politicians calling for oil companies to be more transparent.

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Oil Trains
6:23 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Washington Environmental Groups’ Legislative Focus: Oil Trains

Oil train safety tops the list of priorities for environmental groups. The groups outlined their goals Wednesday for Washington’s new legislative session.

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Crude Oil Terminal
5:51 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Planned Crude-by-Rail Terminal In Tacoma Scrapped

Walter Siegmund Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 5:00 pm

A fuel terminal developer has unexpectedly scrapped a project at the Port of Tacoma that was intended to receive crude oil by rail.

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Oil Terminal
5:39 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Port of Vancouver Approves Biggest Oil-Train Project In NW

The proposed terminal at the Port of Vancouver could move up to 380,000 gallons of crude oil a day from trains to ships on the Columbia River.
Credit Port of Vancouver USA

The Port of Vancouver Commission voted unanimously to approve a lease for a controversial oil terminal. Two companies have proposed building a terminal at the port that could one day move up to 380,000 barrels of crude oil a day from trains to ships on the Columbia River.

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Oil Terminal
4:55 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Huge Rail-To-Ship Crude Oil Terminal Proposed For Port of Vancouver, Wash.

The proposed Tesoro/Savage crude oil terminal would be built on this rail loop at the Port of Vancouver, Wash., on the Columbia River.
Credit Port of Vancouver USA

Oil refiner Tesoro and a terminal operating company named Savage detailed plans Thursday for the biggest crude oil shipping terminal to be proposed in the Northwest. It would be located on the Columbia River at the Port of Vancouver, Wash.

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Oil Trains In Northwest
6:09 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Oil Trains On The Rise In The Northwest

Photo of an oil train in Nenana, Alaska.
Credit Photo Credit: Carl Chapman/Wikimedia Commons

Regulators in the region are weighing the potential impacts of trains full of coal moving along the Columbia River and the shores of Puget Sound. Meanwhile, trains full of Oil are quietly on the rise.

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