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Q&A: Report Finds Gaps In Oregon's Oil-Train Safety Plan

OPB | July 25, 2014 5:30 p.m.

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Reports show three oil trains a week pass through Oregon on the way to the Global Pacific oil terminal near Clatskanie, and additional oil trains pass through central and southern Oregon on their way to California once a week.

Reports show three oil trains a week pass through Oregon on the way to the Global Pacific oil terminal near Clatskanie, and additional oil trains pass through central and southern Oregon on their way to California once a week.

Tony Schick / EarthFix

Several mile-long oil trains cross through the state of Oregon every week carrying volatile oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields. A report issued Friday identifies gaps in Oregon’s ability to handle the safety risks of those trains.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber requested the report after several oil train derailments and explosions in the U.S. and Canada.  EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita has been following the story, and she joined OPB’s Gretchen Kilby to discuss the latest developments. Click “play,” above, to listen in.

Click here to read more about Friday’s report.

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