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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.


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 …


Track failure likely cause of oil train derailment in Oregon

Track failure was likely the cause of the oil train derailment in Oregon, an official with Union Pacific Railroad said Sunday.


Bakken oil field leaks 275,000 tons of methane yearly, study says

The oil-producing region of North Dakota and Montana leaks 275,000 tons of methane annually, a significant amount of the greenhouse gas but less than previously believed, a study released Wednesday …


Bakken oil field is source of global uptick in air pollution, study says

An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study.


Rail hazmat safety violations should be prosecuted, regulators say

Federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, according to a report Friday by a …


U.S. seeks to limit methane gas ‘flaring’ at drilling sites

The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land.


Getaway driver pleads guilty in Spokane murder-for-hire case

The getaway driver accused in the murder-for-hire of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile pleaded guilty Tuesday, leaving only two of the six men implicated in the scheme to stand trial. …


Longview proposing oil refinery

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Port of Longview says it’s working with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery, the first such facility on the …


Spokane gains role in state oil train discussion

Spokane’s “voice will be heard” during this year’s discussion over the proposal to build a crude oil facility in Vancouver, Washington, which would greatly increase the amount of crude oil …


Central figure in murder-for-hire case pleads not guilty

Wearing leg shackles and an orange jumpsuit, James T. Henrikson pleaded not guilty Friday to hiring a hit man to kill two people over business dealings in North Dakota’s booming …


Oil by rail: Area leaders prep for disaster while calling for tougher standards

A string of train accidents involving crude oil shipments in the U.S. and Canada is causing uneasiness in Spokane and other communities bisected by railways. And the safety of rail …