oil transport

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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Oil Train Regulation
4:45 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States

A BNSF locomotive pulling a shipment of crude oil.
Credit Raymond D. Woods Jr. / Flickr

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.

The railroad made that announcement Friday even though Washington, Oregon and Idaho have balked at signing confidentiality agreements about the crude oil shipments.

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Oregon Oil Trains
7:27 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Central Oregon Grapples With Rising Oil Train Safety Risks

Michael Lang of Friends of the Gorge says each of the oil tanker cars he saw along the Deschutes May 4 had the telltale number 1267 – denoting crude oil cargo.
Credit Friends of the Gorge

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will meet with emergency officials in Central Oregon this week to talk about oil train safety. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Oil Trains
7:16 am
Wed April 23, 2014

State Senator: Oil Trains "Going To Be With Us For A While"

Environmental regulators in Washington state are expecting a lively crowd Thursday in the coastal city of Hoquiam. The public gets a chance there to weigh in about increased crude oil train traffic.

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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 Train Safety
7:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Tesoro To Upgrade To Safer Oil Tankers

Tesoro ships crude oil by rail through the Pacific Northwest to a refinery in Anacortes, Washington.
Credit brewbooks/Flickr

The industry is responding after several derailments, fires and explosions involving trains hauling shipments of crude oil throughout North America. New plans are being announced to make tanker train cars safer.

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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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