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Guest opinion: The Rev. George Taylor: When is civil disobedience justified?

I am glad that Rob McKenna, former attorney general of the state of Washington, is not the presiding judge in my legal case of nonviolent civil disobedience now pending in …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

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

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. …


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 …


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.


Washington rejects permit for coal-terminal project

The state of Washington has denied a key permit sought by a company that wants to build and operate a large terminal to export coal from Western states to Asia.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

Crews clean up coal, derailed train cars in NW Montana

Crews are removing 31 mangled rail cars and more than 3,500 tons of coal along a 200-foot section of riverbank on the Cabinet Gorge Reservoir in northwestern Montana.


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: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017

Shirtless BNSF coal train rider ticketed in Cheney

He was a sight to see Wednesday morning, sitting shirtless astride an open coal train car and riding it like a stagecoach teamster through downtown Spokane.


Coal export terminal on Columbia River receives its first permit

Millennium Bulk Terminals says it has entered a “new phase” in its five-year effort to build one of North America’s larger coal export terminals after Cowlitz County issued the first …


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017

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

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

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

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: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

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 …


Enviromental groups suing to force BNSF to cover coal-train loads

In a case with national implications, a broad coalition of environmental groups are suing to force BNSF to cover coal-train loads to help prevent water pollution.


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


Sue Lani Madsen: Millennium terminal is evidence of an EIS process run amok

The Millennium Bulk Terminal is a case study for the overgrown EIS process.


Dr. Ethan Angell: Coal trains elevate health risks

The damage to human health resulting from this increase in train traffic, particularly trains transporting coal, is not hypothetical or abstract.


Coal trains draw climate debate

Activists are frustrated with the lackluster response to global warming on the national and international scene, so they push for change locally.


Spokane can balance rail traffic, safety and jobs

The terminals would


Coal export terminal could boost greenhouse gas emissions, state says

A coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington could have significant unavoidable impacts on greenhouse gases emissions and rail safety, state and local regulators said. A draft …


Forums will focus on upcoming decisions affecting oil train traffic

Laura Ackerman works at the Saranac Building in Spokane, a short walk from BNSF Railway’s train tracks. Oil trains pass her office on a daily basis, and more will roll …


Fruit shipper sues BNSF railroad

A Quincy, Washington, company that shipped fresh fruit to the Midwest is suing BNSF Railway Co., saying the railroad canceled the company’s 72-hour service to Chicago to concentrate on higher …


Sandpoint officials discuss coal and oil trains behind closed doors

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — City officials in Sandpoint are defending banning the public from a meeting about oil and coal train traffic attended by three area mayors, a state senator, …


Washington State Democratic Party approves platform in Spokane

The Washington State Democratic Party on Saturday approved an 18-point party platform that will help guide the party for the next two years. The party met for its biennial convention …