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Railroad workers and industry experts say that while railroads have gotten safer over the years, a culture remains that silences whistleblowers and prioritizes speed over safety.
The public is learning just how many trains are hauling oil from North Dakota through Washington: Fifteen per week through 10 different counties, according to railroad notifications released by the Washington Military Department.
The alert, issued by the U.S. DOT on Thursday, said that the crude oil poses a “significant risk” because it is more flammable than traditional heavy crude.
Three oil trains roll through the city each week en route to a shipping terminal down the Columbia River near Clatskanie, Oregon. If one of them were to derail, Portland firefighters say they’re not equipped for a major spill, fire, or explosion along the lines of last year’s Lac-Megantic explosion in Quebec, Canada. Writing, Photography, and Editing by Alexi Horowitz
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