More crude oil is moving through the Northwest on trains than ever before. That trend could continue, since the biggest oil-by-rail terminal in the region is being planned in Vancouver. That has people worried about the risk of an oil spill or a fiery derailment.
It’s a concern for Washington lawmakers, too. A Senate committee spent the afternoon in Olympia looking into ways to make these rolling pipelines safer.
EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn sat in on the hearing. She talked to OPB’s Spencer Raymond about what happened when Washington lawmakers held their first hearings on oil train safety concerns.
To listen to the conversation click on the Soundcloud file at the top of this story.