Stories tagged: Oil trains
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 5:07 p.m.
Washington state panel outlines risk of oil-by-rail terminal
A major oil-by-rail terminal proposed on the Columbia River in Washington state poses a potential risk of oil spills, train accidents and longer emergency response times due to road traffic, …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 4:34 p.m.
Oil, coal train fines in Spokane go to voters with legal path unclear
On the question of whether Spokane can – or should – fine the owners of rail cars transporting certain crude oil and coal through downtown, both sides say they’re on …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 4:35 p.m.
Supporters of coal, oil train fine initiative accused of violating Washington campaign finance laws
The group Safer Spokane has been hit with a complaint alleging yearlong violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws for failing to file fiscal reports as required by law. …
Sun., Oct. 8, 2017
Guest Opinion: Pro: Proposition 2 empowers the people, not oil and coal corporations
Proposition 2 is about truth, justice and protecting our community. It’s about whether “We the People” control our own governance, or concede it to the money and power of the …
Sun., Oct. 8, 2017
Guest Opinion: Con: Proposition 2 is illegal, won’t make city safer
The fact remains: Trains are the safest, most environmentally friendly and most cost-effective means of moving coal and oil.
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 4:05 p.m.
Spokane recruits for committees address oil train, ‘sanctuary city’ ballot measures
Spokane lawmakers are looking for 12 people to serve on committees that will draft statements supporting and opposing the two ballot questions scheduled to be decided on this year’s ballot. …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
Battle lines drawn in political fight over coal, oil train fines in downtown Spokane
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich repeated his promise Thursday to seek a legal injunction if the measure on the November ballot passes, and said he’s in talks with railroads about joining him. …
UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 6:37 a.m.
Fines for downtown Spokane coal, oil train traffic head to voters with promise of political fight
Spokane voters can expect a passionate political fight over a proposal to fine coal and oil trains passing through downtown after the City Council sent the question to the November …
UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 11:41 p.m.
Federal judge tosses suit by Raging Grannies seeking to ban coal and oil trains through Spokane
The “Raging Grannies” attempts to stop coal and oil trains through Spokane just got derailed again.
UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Fines for coal, oil trains in downtown Spokane likely headed for ballot amid legal concerns
The Spokane County Elections Office confirmed Wednesday a measure proposing fines on certain coal and oil trains traveling through downtown had enough valid signatures to be put to voters in …
UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:38 p.m.
Lawsuit seeking coal and oil train ban in downtown Spokane gets hearing
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice expressed skepticism Wednesday about the legal argument used by climate activists seeking to push a ban on coal and oil trains through downtown.
UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
Initiatives on oil trains, pot sales near churches in Spokane move closer to ballot
The city clerk’s office will review thousands of signatures on the two petitions, gathered in advance of the November ballot. Opponents of the proposal to fine coal and 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 …