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UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Bill would set lower pressure standards for trains carrying oil

Trains carrying crude oil through Spokane and the rest of the state to Washington refineries would have to keep it under lower pressure under a bill supporters say will reduce …


Advisory Vote 19 involves a tax on crude oil

Washington voters will get a chance in the November election to show their support or opposition to a tax the Legislature imposed on oil being brought to state refineries by …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 10:21 a.m.

State figures show trains carried 56 million barrels of crude across state in a year

Railroads shipped nearly 56 million barrels of crude oil across Washington in 82,000 rail cars, according to information from October 2016 through September of this year. That represents about 2.5 …


Dakota Access pipeline said to start pumping crude in June

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access crude oil pipeline may start operating June 1, assuming no new obstacles prevent it, according to a person familiar with the matter.


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.


Louisiana politicians blame Big Oil for Gulf Coast ruin in court

The oil industry has left a big footprint along the Gulf Coast, where a Delaware-sized stretch of Louisiana has disappeared. But few politicians would blame Big Oil for ecosystem abuse …


Canada to ban rail cars involved in fiery Quebec derailment

Canada’s transport minister says the rail car model involved in a fiery crash that killed 47 people in Quebec three years ago will no longer be allowed to transport oil …


Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills

Railroads hauling crude oil would be required to develop comprehensive plans for dealing with a significant oil spill, including providing detailed information to state and tribal authorities, under a rule …


Slow progress seen on rupture-prone rail cars

Slow progress has been made on efforts to upgrade or replace tens of thousands of rupture-prone rail cars used to transport oil and ethanol, despite numerous fiery derailments that prompted …


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 …


Protest against crude oil on Grays Harbor draws hundreds

Supporters from around the region showed up in full force to protest a proposal to ship crude oil through Grays Harbor and support the Quinault Indian Nation’s Shared Waters, Shared …


Oregon officials seek to suspend oil trains after derailment

Oregon transportation officials are asking federal rail authorities to suspend crude oil trains in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River Gorge until there is a better understanding of what caused a …


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.


U.S. stocks gain in late afternoon trading as crude oil rises

Stocks rose in the late afternoon Monday, led by gains in energy companies as the price of crude oil jumped to a six-month high. Marathon Oil climbed 5 percent and …


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 …


US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

NEW YORK — The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in …


Tankers catch fire in Lynchburg, Va., derailment

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Authorities were evacuating numerous buildings Wednesday afternoon after several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg, Va., and caught fire along the James River, …


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 …


Oil terminal proposal would increase train traffic through Spokane

Last year, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota chugged across Eastern Washington en route to a Puget Sound refinery. The oil train was the first for the region, …