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Port of Portland Says No Oil Train Projects Until Safety Concerns are Addressed


Portland oil train terminal
An aerial view of the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6, one of its four industrial marine terminals. (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)
By Rob Davis | rdavis@oregonian.com 
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on March 04, 2014 at 2:05 PM, updated March 04, 2014 at 2:16 PM

 Though developers are interested in building crude oil rail terminals in Portland, the Port of Portland said Tuesday it wouldn’t allow any to go forward until oil train safety concerns are addressed.

“[W]e do not believe that we have sufficient answers to the important questions regarding environmental and physical safety to proceed with any type of development at this time,” the port said in a statement. “Our interest will begin to grow once we have the confidence that transportation of crude oil by rail continues to meet all state, federal and local transportation rules and regulations and exhibits a sufficient accident-free record for a sustained period of time.”

Martha Richmond, a port spokeswoman, said the agency has received numerous proposals to develop terminals that would receive crude oil trains but declined to provide details about them. She said the specific proposals are covered by confidentiality agreements.

The port owns three industrial marine terminals on the Willamette River and a fourth on the Columbia River.

We’ll have more soon.

— Rob Davis

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