A push for safer oil-by-rail transport has paid more attention to tank car improvements than the vulnerability of tracks used to haul a heavy, sloshing cargo of crude.
A year before 16 of its oil tanker cars derailed and caused a fire, a spill and an evacuation order in the Columbia River Gorge, Union Pacific lobbied against stronger oversight of oil trains moving through the Northwest. The railroad industry lost in Washington. But in Oregon, it won.
Land | Water | Transportation | local | Environment | News | Air | Oil Trains In The NorthwestOPB | June 7, 2016 7:08 p.m.
Railroad industry experts are questioning the early explanation from Union Pacific for why its oil train crashed in Mosier, Ore.
Water | Transportation | local | Environment | Energy | News | Air | Oil Trains In The NorthwestOPB | June 7, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Union Pacific has not stopped moving hazardous and flammable materials through Mosier — including tanker cars of liquefied petroleum gases like propane or butane.
Multiple oil train cars derailed Friday afternoon near Hood River. Several cars caught fire, forcing a nearby school building to evacuate and bringing traffic to a standstill.
A federal jury in Seattle has awarded a former BNSF Railway worker, and whistleblower, more than $1.6 million in a case involving brake inspections for tank cars.