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  • Coal company, railroads line up against Spokane measure

    Coal company, railroads line up against Spokane measure

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 5:09 PM EDT2017-10-17 21:09:59 GMT

    SPOKANE (AP) - Opponents have raised about $151,000 to defeat a Spokane ballot measure that would fine railroad operators for certain coal and crude oil rail shipments through the city's downtown core. Voters are deciding in November whether to approve Proposition 2, which would make rail shipments of uncovered coal or untreated crude oil a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $261 per rail car.

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    SPOKANE (AP) - Opponents have raised about $151,000 to defeat a Spokane ballot measure that would fine railroad operators for certain coal and crude oil rail shipments through the city's downtown core. Voters are deciding in November whether to approve Proposition 2, which would make rail shipments of uncovered coal or untreated crude oil a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $261 per rail car.

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  • Voters to decide if Spokane should fine coal, oil shipments

    Voters to decide if Spokane should fine coal, oil shipments

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 3:29 PM EDT2017-07-25 19:29:34 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Voters in Spokane will decide in November whether the city should fine railroad operators for certain coal and crude oil rail shipments through its downtown core. The Spokane City Council voted Monday night to put the citizens' initiative to voters on the fall ballot rather than passing it.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Voters in Spokane will decide in November whether the city should fine railroad operators for certain coal and crude oil rail shipments through its downtown core. The Spokane City Council voted Monday night to put the citizens' initiative to voters on the fall ballot rather than passing it.

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  • Groups face off over oil train safety initiative

    Groups face off over oil train safety initiative

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 12:00 PM EDT2017-06-13 16:00:05 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Oil trains in Spokane have been called an accident waiting to happen, and while one group has filed a petition calling for stricter safety regulations, another says those regulations could hurt the city in the long run.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Oil trains in Spokane have been called an accident waiting to happen, and while one group has filed a petition calling for stricter safety regulations, another says those regulations could hurt the city in the long run.

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  • APNewsBreak: Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

    APNewsBreak: Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 5:28 PM EDT2017-04-05 21:28:53 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Inspectors have found almost 24,000 safety defects over the past two years along U.S. railroad routes used to ship volatile crude oil. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows many of the defects were similar to problems blamed in past derailments that caused massive fires or oil spills in Oregon, Virginia, Montana and elsewhere.

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Inspectors have found almost 24,000 safety defects over the past two years along U.S. railroad routes used to ship volatile crude oil. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows many of the defects were similar to problems blamed in past derailments that caused massive fires or oil spills in Oregon, Virginia, Montana and elsewhere.

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  • Bills aim to beef up oil transportation safety

    Bills aim to beef up oil transportation safety

    Sunday, February 5 2017 2:49 PM EST2017-02-05 19:49:19 GMT

    With more crude oil expected to move through Washington state, Democratic lawmakers want to toughen rules around oil transportation and raise more money for spill prevention and response efforts. Companion bills in the House and Senate aim to reduce the risk of oil spills with provisions that target oil carried by vessels, pipelines and trains.

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    With more crude oil expected to move through Washington state, Democratic lawmakers want to toughen rules around oil transportation and raise more money for spill prevention and response efforts. Companion bills in the House and Senate aim to reduce the risk of oil spills with provisions that target oil carried by vessels, pipelines and trains.

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  • Railroads rack up $15 million in 2016 penalties

    Railroads rack up $15 million in 2016 penalties

    Saturday, December 24 2016 1:32 PM EST2016-12-24 18:32:39 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Transportation Department says it assessed more than $15 million in civil penalties against the U.S. railroad industry this year for safety violations and other infractions, a slight increase over 2015.  Friday's announcement came as Union Pacific, the nation's largest freight railroad, agreed to improve safety on lines used to haul crude oil following a fiery June derailment in Oregon.

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Transportation Department says it assessed more than $15 million in civil penalties against the U.S. railroad industry this year for safety violations and other infractions, a slight increase over 2015.  Friday's announcement came as Union Pacific, the nation's largest freight railroad, agreed to improve safety on lines used to haul crude oil following a fiery June derailment in Oregon.

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  • Costs of train derailment along Columbia River adding up

    Costs of train derailment along Columbia River adding up

    Saturday, December 3 2016 1:30 PM EST2016-12-03 18:30:57 GMT

    MOSIER, Ore. (AP) - Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, state and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific said in a statement that it is committed to absorbing all the costs incurred as a result of the fiery crash on June 3 in Mosier, Oregon.

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    MOSIER, Ore. (AP) - Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, state and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific said in a statement that it is committed to absorbing all the costs incurred as a result of the fiery crash on June 3 in Mosier, Oregon.

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  • Hundreds Of Protesters And Supporters Turn Out For Coal Train Meeting

    Hundreds Of Protesters And Supporters Turn Out For Coal Train Meeting

    A public meeting was held Wednesday night to discuss any potential impacts coal trains could have on people's health and the environment.>>
    A public meeting was held Wednesday night to discuss any potential impacts coal trains could have on people's health and the environment. The public hearing is the 2nd of 5 held in Washington. The $643 million dollar Millennium Bulk Terminals project proposes the construction of a coal exporting terminal in Longview Washington. That could bring several coal trains traveling through Spokane and parts of Idaho and Montana.>>
  • Washington: Railroads must show they can handle oil spills

    Washington: Railroads must show they can handle oil spills

    Thursday, September 1 2016 5:38 PM EDT2016-09-01 21:38:57 GMT
    Thursday, September 1 2016 5:38 PM EDT2016-09-01 21:38:57 GMT

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington's Department of Ecology has adopted a new rule requiring that railroads shipping oil through the state demonstrate that they can immediately respond to any spills. The department said Thursday the rule takes effect Oct. 1, and it brings railroads into line with rules for companies moving oil by pipeline and by vessel. 

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington's Department of Ecology has adopted a new rule requiring that railroads shipping oil through the state demonstrate that they can immediately respond to any spills. The department said Thursday the rule takes effect Oct. 1, and it brings railroads into line with rules for companies moving oil by pipeline and by vessel. 

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  • Oil train protesters standing on Spokane tracks arrested

    Oil train protesters standing on Spokane tracks arrested

    Wednesday, August 31 2016 4:17 PM EDT2016-08-31 20:17:51 GMT
    Wednesday, August 31 2016 8:13 PM EDT2016-09-01 00:13:18 GMT

    Several people protesting oil and coal trains were arrested in Spokane Wednesday afternoon.  The protesters were standing on the railroad tracks near Trent and Napa in an attempt to block trains. Protesters say at one point, there were 40 to 50 protesters at the tracks, and they were told they would all be arrested if they didn't move. Three women, part of the "Raging Grannies" according to a press release, remained on the tracks singing a song set to the tune of ...

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    Several people protesting oil and coal trains were arrested in Spokane Wednesday afternoon.  The protesters were standing on the railroad tracks near Trent and Napa in an attempt to block trains. Protesters say at one point, there were 40 to 50 protesters at the tracks, and they were told they would all be arrested if they didn't move. Three women, part of the "Raging Grannies" according to a press release, remained on the tracks singing a song set to the tune of ...

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  • Washington responders to get notice of oil train shipments

    Washington responders to get notice of oil train shipments

    Saturday, August 27 2016 7:10 PM EDT2016-08-27 23:10:32 GMT
    Saturday, August 27 2016 7:10 PM EDT2016-08-27 23:10:31 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Emergency responders in communities along oil train routes in Washington state will start receiving advance notice of the shipments this fall.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Emergency responders in communities along oil train routes in Washington state will start receiving advance notice of the shipments this fall.

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  • City Council drops controversial oil train measure from November ballot

    City Council drops controversial oil train measure from November ballot

    Tuesday, August 16 2016 2:29 AM EDT2016-08-16 06:29:16 GMT
    Tuesday, August 16 2016 2:29 AM EDT2016-08-16 06:29:16 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Back in July the Spokane City Council added a controversial measure fining oil and coal trains passing through town. On Monday night they decided to drop the measure from the November ballot.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Back in July the Spokane City Council added a controversial measure fining oil and coal trains passing through town. On Monday night they decided to drop the measure from the November ballot.

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  • Spokane council head wants to pull oil-trains ballot measure

    Spokane council head wants to pull oil-trains ballot measure

    Saturday, August 13 2016 3:51 PM EDT2016-08-13 19:51:37 GMT
    Saturday, August 13 2016 3:51 PM EDT2016-08-13 19:51:37 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The president of the Spokane City Council will ask colleagues to withdraw a ballot measure that would fine oil and coal shipments through the city.  Ben Stuckart tells The Spokesman-Review "we may have been a bit hasty" when the council decided to ask voters in November to ban on oil and coal shipments through downtown Spokane.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - The president of the Spokane City Council will ask colleagues to withdraw a ballot measure that would fine oil and coal shipments through the city.  Ben Stuckart tells The Spokesman-Review "we may have been a bit hasty" when the council decided to ask voters in November to ban on oil and coal shipments through downtown Spokane.

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  • BNSF says fining oil train companies won't solve future problems

    BNSF says fining oil train companies won't solve future problems

    Tuesday, August 9 2016 1:29 AM EDT2016-08-09 05:29:00 GMT
    Tuesday, August 9 2016 1:28 AM EDT2016-08-09 05:28:59 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - There's a new push from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Company to derail the Spokane city council's proposal to fine train companies for bringing oil or coal trains through the city. You may have seen the ads from BNSF on Facebook or in the paper showing the company's petition to block the plan.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - There's a new push from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Company to derail the Spokane city council's proposal to fine train companies for bringing oil or coal trains through the city. You may have seen the ads from BNSF on Facebook or in the paper showing the company's petition to block the plan.

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  • Spokane City Council calls for stricter oil train rules following Mosier derailment

    Spokane City Council calls for stricter oil train rules following Mosier derailment

    Monday, June 6 2016 6:48 PM EDT2016-06-06 22:48:50 GMT
    Friday, August 5 2016 4:51 PM EDT2016-08-05 20:51:32 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - In a statement released Monday, the Spokane City Council called for stricter oil train rules following an oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, last week. They also announced an oil train community safety forum coming up at the end of the month.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - In a statement released Monday, the Spokane City Council called for stricter oil train rules following an oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, last week. They also announced an oil train community safety forum coming up at the end of the month.

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  • Disaster expert examines Spokane's preparedness for oil train derailment

    Disaster expert examines Spokane's preparedness for oil train derailment

    Wednesday, July 20 2016 5:09 PM EDT2016-07-20 21:09:12 GMT
    Friday, August 5 2016 4:48 PM EDT2016-08-05 20:48:50 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane recently hired one of our nation's leading experts in disaster response to look at how prepared we would be if an oil train derailed in Spokane.  Michael Hildebrand, from Hildebrand and Noll Associates, Inc., interviewed leaders from local fire departments, Spokane Police, and even Fairchild Air Force Base to discuss our plans, should the worst case scenario happen.  

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane recently hired one of our nation's leading experts in disaster response to look at how prepared we would be if an oil train derailed in Spokane.  Michael Hildebrand, from Hildebrand and Noll Associates, Inc., interviewed leaders from local fire departments, Spokane Police, and even Fairchild Air Force Base to discuss our plans, should the worst case scenario happen.  

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  • Officials: Union Pacific Railroad to blame for fiery oil train derailment in Columbia River Gorge

    Officials: Union Pacific Railroad to blame for fiery oil train derailment in Columbia River Gorge

    Thursday, June 23 2016 11:13 AM EDT2016-06-23 15:13:38 GMT
    Thursday, June 23 2016 9:13 PM EDT2016-06-24 01:13:26 GMT

    MOSIER, Ore. - Federal officials said Thursday that the railroad company is to blame for fiery oil train derailment earlier this month near Mosier, Oregon saying Union Pacific failed to properly maintain the track. The wreck spilled 42,000 gallons of crude oil and sparked a fire that burn for 14 hours

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    MOSIER, Ore. - Federal officials said Thursday that the railroad company is to blame for fiery oil train derailment earlier this month near Mosier, Oregon saying Union Pacific failed to properly maintain the track. The wreck spilled 42,000 gallons of crude oil and sparked a fire that burn for 14 hours.

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  • More oil trains arriving at Port of Tacoma

    More oil trains arriving at Port of Tacoma

    Saturday, June 18 2016 5:07 PM EDT2016-06-18 21:07:16 GMT
    Saturday, June 18 2016 5:07 PM EDT2016-06-18 21:07:16 GMT

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The uptick in oil trains traveling on the Tacoma Rail includes the recent arrival of a Union Pacific oil train that was missing six cars due to a derailment in Mosier, Oregon. The News Tribune reports the 132 oil trains to take the route in 2015 is higher than in the two years prior.      The first part of 2016 shows a 31-percent uptick from the same period in 2015.

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    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The uptick in oil trains traveling on the Tacoma Rail includes the recent arrival of a Union Pacific oil train that was missing six cars due to a derailment in Mosier, Oregon. The News Tribune reports the 132 oil trains to take the route in 2015 is higher than in the two years prior.      The first part of 2016 shows a 31-percent uptick from the same period in 2015.

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  • WA Gov. to decide on oil train controversy

    WA Gov. to decide on oil train controversy

    Friday, June 3 2016 9:16 PM EDT2016-06-04 01:16:46 GMT
    Friday, June 3 2016 9:16 PM EDT2016-06-04 01:16:45 GMT
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    SPOKANE - Friday's oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon has brought the controversial topic of oil trains back in headlines. Oil trains are as long as a mile-and-a-half and they carry a lot of oil. One train can transport enough oil to make more than 1 million gallons of gasoline. That's enough to fill up your car each week – for the next 1,400 years.

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    SPOKANE - Friday's oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon has brought the controversial topic of oil trains back in headlines. Oil trains are as long as a mile-and-a-half and they carry a lot of oil. One train can transport enough oil to make more than 1 million gallons of gasoline. That's enough to fill up your car each week – for the next 1,400 years.

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  • Oil train derailment near Mosier, Oregon

    Oil train derailment near Mosier, Oregon

    Friday, June 3 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-06-03 20:14:24 GMT
    Friday, June 3 2016 5:57 PM EDT2016-06-03 21:57:33 GMT

    MOSIER, Ore. - Authorities are reporting a multi-car oil train derailment near Mosier, Oregon with smoke and flames visible near the Rock Creek overpass.  News outlets in the area are reporting Mosier School is under evacuation with students relocating to the Wahtonka campus in The Dalles.  

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    MOSIER, Ore. - Authorities are reporting a multi-car oil train derailment near Mosier, Oregon with smoke and flames visible near the Rock Creek overpass.  News outlets in the area are reporting Mosier School is under evacuation with students relocating to the Wahtonka campus in The Dalles.  

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  • Oil train bridge safety called in to question

    Oil train bridge safety called in to question

    Tuesday, November 10 2015 10:08 PM EST2015-11-11 03:08:19 GMT
    Tuesday, November 10 2015 10:18 PM EST2015-11-11 03:18:56 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One group is calling rail bridges in the Inland Northwest and across the nation deadly crossing. In a report released Tuesday, the Waterkeeper Alliance calls into question the safety of bridges that oil trains use. Their advocates found signs of neglect in half of those they inspected, including crumbling concrete, exposed rebar, and severe rusting.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One group is calling rail bridges in the Inland Northwest and across the nation deadly crossing. In a report released Tuesday, the Waterkeeper Alliance calls into question the safety of bridges that oil trains use. Their advocates found signs of neglect in half of those they inspected, including crumbling concrete, exposed rebar, and severe rusting.>>
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