Stories tagged: Oil trains
UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
Thousands of defects found on oil train routes
When a freight train derailed in the Montana town of Culbertson, spilling 27,000 gallons of crude oil, investigators blamed the 2015 accident on defective or missing fasteners used to hold …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
Whatcom County extends moratorium on crude oil exports
The Whatcom County Council has extended for six months a moratorium on shipments of unrefined fossil fuels out of the Cherry Point area.
Sat., March 18, 2017, 7 a.m.
Track inspectors on front lines of safe shipment of crude oil, state says
Since trains began hauling flammable crude oil from the Northern Plains to Western Washington ports and refineries, state and local attention to rail infrastructure has increased. Track inspectors are on …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Oil, coal train protesters in Spokane file federal lawsuit claiming climate change protections
Citing the climate-damaging effects of coal and oil, a group of protesters who were arrested protesting in Spokane last year have filed a federal lawsuit declaring federal control of rail …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 6:17 p.m.
Oil trains moved 14 million barrels of crude through Washington in fourth quarter
Oil trains transported about 14 million barrels of crude through Washington during the fourth quarter of 2016.
Thu., Sept. 22, 2016, 1:13 p.m.
Millwood rail crossing on oil train route will get safety improvements
A Union Pacific rail crossing used by oil trains through Millwood is targeted for more than $450,000 in safety improvements.
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016, 4 a.m.
Railroads keep most bridge inspection data secret
With railroad bridges carrying oil, coal and hazardous cargo through cities and towns, local officials are asking whether the structures are safe, but can’t get much information.
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016
State making headway on rail safety
A couple of recent developments show that Washington state is doing what it can to ensure safer passage and to develop an emergency response strategy.
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 12:49 p.m.
Three ‘Raging Grannies’ arrested for blocking oil and coal trains
About 20 protestors are blocking rail lines on Trent Avenue to protest the movement of oil and coal trains through Spokane.
Fri., Aug. 26, 2016, 11:46 a.m.
New oil train rule will give emergency responders advance notice of shipments
Emergency responders in Spokane and other Washington communities along oil train routes will start getting advance notice of shipments on Oct. 1.
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016, 4 a.m.
Beggs, Kinnear want BNSF to join push for stricter train safety standards
If BNSF does not agree to lobby state and federal decision-makers to assist the City Council in beefing up security standards for Bakken crude and coal on trains running through …
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 9:23 p.m.
City Council removes controversial oil and coal train fines from ballot
Voters will not get to weigh in on the trains moving coal and oil through downtown Spokane, as the City Council reversed course and removed the question from the November …
Wed., Aug. 10, 2016, 11:21 a.m.
Whatcom County puts 60-day moratorium on permits for new crude oil export facilities
The Whatcom County Council has temporarily banned new permit applications for projects that ship crude oil and other unrefined fossil fuels out of Cherry Point.
Sun., July 31, 2016
Oil train blockade? The Spokane City Council is tilting at windmills.
The city of Spokane’s proposal to block oil and coal trains is almost surely unconstitutional. Its only effect will be to trigger expensive litigation, on the taxpayer’s dime. Let’s invest …
Mon., July 25, 2016, 9:22 p.m.
Spokane City Council asks voters to determine if coal, oil trains should be fined
The ordinance before voters in November cites concerns about a derailment polluting water in the Spokane aquifer and Spokane River. City Councilmember Breean Beggs said he believes Congress has given …
Tue., July 19, 2016, 10:19 p.m.
Vancouver bans future oil refineries, facilities in the city
The Vancouver City Council has voted to prohibit new or expanded crude oil storage facilities in the city.
Tue., July 19, 2016, 5:54 p.m.
Oil train derailment in downtown Spokane would pose ‘extreme challenges,’ consultant says
An oil train derailment in downtown Spokane would pose “extreme challenges” for emergency responders, a city consultant testified last week at a state hearing. They could be dealing with fire, …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 6 a.m.
Inslee calls for timely walking inspections of rail lines
Gov. Jay Inslee is calling on federal regulators to issue an emergency order demanding railroads that haul Bakken crude send safety inspectors to physically walk the rail lines at least …
Thu., July 7, 2016, 5:06 p.m.
Events planned in Idaho to commemorate Canadian oil train accident
Local activists have scheduled several events Saturday and Tuesday as part of a national “Stop Oil Trains” week commemorating the fiery accident in Lac Megantic, Quebec three years ago that …
Sat., June 25, 2016, 2:13 p.m.
High-stakes battle over oil terminal unfolds in Northwest
Two companies proposing to build what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail marine terminal along the Columbia River in Washington see it as an opportunity to link domestic crude oil …
Fri., June 24, 2016, 9:59 p.m.
Oil train moratorium sought by Washington Gov. Inslee
Gov. Jay Inslee called for a moratorium on oil trains traveling through Washington on Friday afternoon.
Thu., June 23, 2016, 10:51 a.m.
Railroad to replace bolts after fiery oil train derailment
Federal investigators on Thursday blamed Union Pacific Railroad for a fiery oil train derailment along the Oregon-Washington border, saying the company failed to properly maintain its track.
Wed., June 22, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
Washington Department of Natural Resources seeks denial of oil-terminal project
A Washington state agency in charge of protecting millions of acres of state land from wildfires is opposing a proposal to build an oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, citing risks of …
Wed., June 22, 2016, 11:30 a.m.
Union Pacific to resume oil trains in Columbia River Gorge
Union Pacific plans to resume transporting oil by train through the Oregon side of the scenic Columbia River Gorge at some point this week.
Fri., June 10, 2016, 2:10 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Don’t let emotions over train derailment impede good decision-making about the movement of cargo
Sue Lani Madsen says emotions in the wake of a rail accident like that in Mosier, Oregon, can interfere with good decision-making about the movement of cargo.
Thu., June 9, 2016, 11:32 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Safety upgrades for rail tank cars coming much too slowly
Something to consider about the 30,000-gallon tank cars full of Bakken crude oil that regularly pass through Spokane: The oil industry says the “arbitrary, capricious” federal government must give it …
Thu., June 9, 2016, 10:28 a.m.
Port of Vancouver rail maintenance goes the extra mile for safety, official says
Hundreds of things could go wrong with the thousands of locomotives pulling millions of tons of cargo across the country every day. So the Port of Vancouver maintains its 38 …
Mon., June 6, 2016, 4:28 p.m.
Spokane City Council asks Union Pacific to halt oil train traffic
The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution Monday night calling on Union Pacific to halt train traffic through the Columbia River town of Mosier until the oil tankers from …
Sun., May 29, 2016, 10:11 a.m.
Major spill from proposed oil terminal would be catastrophic, report says
A new report from the state Attorney General’s Office says an oil train or tanker accident in the Columbia River could cause more than $170 million in environmental damages and …
Mon., May 16, 2016, 9:53 a.m.
State hearings to focus on oil shipments by rail and pipeline
The Washington Department of Ecology will hold two public hearings Tuesday in Spokane to take comments on proposed rules for oil shipments by rail and pipeline.