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A final oil transportation study has been delivered to legislators in Washington. A final oil transportation study has been delivered to legislators in Washington.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Department of Ecology delivered its final oil transportation study to state legislators Monday. The study details key recommendations to improve public safety in response to the increase of oil trains in Washington.


The recommendations include improving emergency response efforts, ensuring oil companies can pay for a spill and giving more authority to the state when it comes to rail inspections.


More than 1,000 public comments were collected in response to the draft recommendations including comments regarding oil train safety in Washington, the volatility of Bakken crude and railroad crossing safety.


“This report offers sound proposals for improving public safety,” said Utilities and Transportation Commission Chairman Dave Danner in a release. “It's time now to move forward and make our rail system the safest possible.”


To read the complete study, click here: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/publications/1508010.pdf

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