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Train traffic resumed through the Columbia River Gorge days after a derailment of several cars carrying crude oil sparked a fired in the Gorge.
Land | NW Life | Energy | Environment | Climate change | PoliticsNov. 5, 2015 6:20 a.m.
A large crowd cheered Wednesday night as the Portland City Council voted 4-0 to approve a resolution opposing projects that would increase the number of oil trains traveling through Portland and Vancouver, Washington.
Eleven oil train cars derailed June 3 near Hood River, sparking a large fire and forcing nearby residents to evacuate. The 96-car Union Pacific train was carrying Bakken crude oil headed for Tacoma, Washington, when it is believed to have experienced a braking issue and derailed near Mosier, Oregon, about 70 miles east of Portland. The latest information from officials indicates 16 train cars derailed, four caught fire and some exploded. It sent black smoke into the sky, closed nearby highways and caused evacuations. Videography: Sean P. O'Connor Reporting: Oregon Public Broadcasting staff Editing: Katie Campbell Additional photos: Paloma Ayala, Columbia Riverkeeper, Port of Vancouver Music: Firstcom
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