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Amtrak: Washington Train Derailment Caused By Speed, Human Error

OPB | July 6, 2017 4:33 p.m.

An investigation into a recent passenger train derailment near Steilacoom, Washington, reveals speed and human error are to blame.

Environment | News | Energy

Washington Pushes Deadline On Vancouver Oil Terminal Decision

OPB | July 1, 2017 2:31 p.m.

The deadline to reach a decision on a controversial oil terminal planned for Vancouver has been pushed back again.

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Oregon House To Reconsider Bill Adding Secrecy For Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | June 30, 2017 2:42 p.m.

A bill was pulled from the Oregon House floor and returned to committee over concerns about language that would make secret railroad spill contingency plans and financial responsibility documents.

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Oregon Lawmakers Advance Measure Aimed At Rail Spill Disasters

OPB | June 27, 2017 5:19 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a measure that would require railroads to explain how they'd deal with hazardous spills.

Environment | Energy

Oregon Utility Board Considers Controversial Sale Of Oil Tanks

OPB/EarthFix | June 12, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Oregon utility regulators are considering a request by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.

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Washington State Approves Draft Air Permit For Vancouver Oil Terminal

OPB | May 3, 2017 9:25 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Environmentalists are concerned about a draft air permit that has been released for a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver.

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Injured Washington Rail Worker Hopeful For New Safety Rules After 5 Years

Northwest News Network | April 11, 2017 4:57 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

It's taken five years, but injured railroad worker Dwight Hauck sees victory at hand. Washington lawmakers are on the verge of requiring new safety...

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More Than 23K Defects Found On America's Oil Train Routes

AP | April 6, 2017 10:35 a.m. | Billings, Montana

Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that tens of thousands of safety defects were found when government inspectors checked the rail lines used to haul volatile crude oil across the country.

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Oil Train Bills | Legal Sudafed Again? | Death With Dignity

OPB | March 20, 2017 noon | Portland

Should Sudafed be available without a prescription again? What can states do to limit oil spills from trains? Also, we talk to Matt Witt about his parents' end of life experiences, Oregon's Death With Dignity law, and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

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2 Oregon Bills Aim To Prevent Or Mitigate Oil-Train Disasters

AP | March 14, 2017 7:22 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Native Americans, environmentalists and a fishing guide spoke out Monday in support of two bills that aim to prevent, or at least mitigate, an ecological disaster like an oil spill into the Columbia River.

Environment | Energy

Union Pacific Sues For Exemption To Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area Rules

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 11, 2017 10:45 a.m.

Union Pacific Railroad is suing Wasco County and Columbia River Gorge commissioners in an effort to push through a proposed track expansion.

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Rail Cars Proposed To Haul Away Toxic Ashland Soil

Medford Mail Tribune | Jan. 3, 2017 5:45 p.m.

Union Pacific plans to use rail cars, not dump trucks, to haul away 18,700 cubic yards of contaminated soil as part of its long-awaited cleanup of its old railroad yard in Ashland.

Environment | local | News | Energy | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Mosier Oil Train Derailment Costs Near $9 Million

The Columbian | Dec. 3, 2016 10:59 a.m.

By most accounts, the region narrowly avoided catastrophe that June afternoon. And although the numbers will likely increase, Union Pacific is expected to foot the bill.

Environment | Energy

Environmental Risks Identified For Grays Harbor Oil Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Regulators say an oil terminal proposed for a coastal Washington state harbor poses several environmental problems.

Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

County Panel Approves Rail Expansion In Columbia Gorge Despite Oil-Train Controversy

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2016 4:45 p.m.

A county planning commission has given its approval to a rail expansion in the same stretch of the Columbia River Gorge where a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into flames.

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Oregon, Union Pacific Use Microbes To Clean Up Oil Train Spill

Northwest News Network | Aug. 10, 2016 4:02 p.m.

Union Pacific Railroad will be working with Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality to clean up oil that spilled from a derailed train in Mosier, Oregon.

local | Transportation | Sustainability | Politics | News | Environment | Renewable energy | Oil Trains In The Northwest

NW Cities Turn To Local Action To Block Oil Trains

AP | July 28, 2016 8:33 a.m. | Seattle

Voters in Spokane will get to decide whether the city should prohibit the shipment of crude oil or coal by rail. The ballot measure, if approved, would make rail shipments of crude oil or coal a civil in  

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Oregon Officials Look To Push High-Speed Passenger Rail Service Into Distant Future

The Register-Guard | July 17, 2016 10:07 a.m.

If Oregon ­passenger train service stays on the Union Pacific line, it will be a bitter disappointment for the proponents of high-speed rail, who dream of a bullet train running parallel to Interstate 5, whisking riders from Eugene to Portland in an hour.

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How Inspectors Missed Broken Bolts That Caused An Oil Train Derailment

OPB/EarthFix | July 6, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Mosier, Oregon

Simple steps could have prevented the fiery derailment. Had inspectors walked the stretch of track in the weeks or months prior, they might have spotted the broken bolts, but no one did.

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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.