Stories tagged: Oil trains
Wed., May 15, 2019, 5 a.m.
Washington’s new law to establish safer standards on the highly flammable oil trains that pass regularly through Spokane – past hospitals, a high school, a freeway – is likely headed …
Tue., April 30, 2019, 11:33 a.m.
North Dakota officials are pressuring Washington’s governor to veto legislation requiring oil shipped by rail to have more of its volatile gases removed.
UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 8:24 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 6:55 p.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to reject a permit for a massive oil-by-rail terminal along the Columbia River was influenced by local residents’ worries about the potential for an oil train …
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 5:46 p.m.
The Trump administration is angering environmental groups and residents of the Columbia River Gorge by rolling back a 2015 rule on oil train safety.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 5:07 p.m.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 transported about 14 million barrels of crude through Washington during the fourth quarter of 2016.
Thu., Sept. 22, 2016, 1:13 p.m.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.