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Oil Train Derailment: Q&A With Federal Railroad Administration Head

OPB | June 23, 2016 2:30 p.m.

It’s Union Pacific’s fault. That’s the basic thrust of a preliminary report from federal railroad regulators Thursday.

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US Lags In Infrastructure Spending

Marketplace | June 21, 2016 9:45 a.m.

Because of politics, China spends almost twice as much as the United States does on infrastructure.

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Oil Train Tank Cars Are Getting Safer But What About The Tracks?

OPB/EarthFix | June 15, 2016 8 a.m. | Mosier, Oregon

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.

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Before Mosier Derailment, Union Pacific Lobbied Oregon Against Tougher Oil Train Rules, And Won

OPB/EarthFix | June 10, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Mosier, Oregon

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.

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Central Oregon’s Rental Cars Are Sold Out

AP | June 10, 2016 10:55 a.m.

No cars are currently available at the Hertz, Enterprise, Avis or Budget rental car locations in Bend or at the Redmond Airport, though the agencies expect vehicles to be available soon.

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Industry Experts Question Railroad Explanation For Mosier Derailment

OPB | 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.  

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No Crude, But Hazardous Materials Still Moving Through Mosier

OPB | 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.

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Oil Train Derails Near Hood River

OPB | June 3, 2016 1:01 p.m.

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.

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Delta To Offer Direct Flight From PDX To England In 2017

OPB | May 31, 2016 7:43 a.m. | Portland

Delta says the flight is intended to serve business travelers, as well as tourists.

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Railroad Whistleblower In Seattle Wins $1.6M Settlement

EarthFix | May 27, 2016 4:30 p.m.

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.