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Albany’s Perilous Oil Boom

Washington State should phase or repair some of the older oil tank cars known as DOT-111s, that do not provide necessary protections against derailments and explosions.  

New York Times

APRIL 1, 2014

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Daniel McCoy, who manages Albany County and its port on the Hudson River, decided last month, that he had to do something about the dangers presented by the rumbling oil tank cars carrying crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken fields to [...]

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Seattle City Council Urges Gov To Stop Issuing Permits For Oil Trains

KPLU 88.5

March 10, 2014

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Seattle has joined Spokane and Bellingham in passing a resolution to restrict oil shipments by rail until further review.

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed the resolution co-sponsored by council member Mike O’Brien and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

File image Credit Matthew Brown / AP Photo

The resolution urges Gov. Jay Inslee and other state regulators to refrain from issuing permits for projects that would increase [...]

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

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 Email the author | Follow on Twitter 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 [...]

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The Man Behind Exploding Trains–Pulling Back the Curtain on Warren Buffett’s Role

Sightline Daily/News & Views for a Sustainable Northwest

and on March 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

This post is 21 in the series: The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails

“Look for the UTLX logo on tank cars when you watch trains roll by. As a Berkshire shareholder, you own the cars with that insignia. When you spot a UTLX car, puff out [...]

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Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson Joins Lawsuit to Stop Fracking Activity Near His Home

Bartonville : TX : USA | Feb 22, 2014 at 7:22 AM PST

BY Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson: No fracking near my home

Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson is an ardent proponent of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but only when it isn’t in his backyard.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Tillerson is one [...]

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Railroad Accidents Stir Worries About Crude Transport

MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

Billings, Mont. –At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions.

FILE – In this Dec. 30, 2013, file photo, a fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D. Trains carrying millions of gallons of explosive liquids, including crude oil, are likely to continue rolling [...]

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Proposed Shell/Equilon Oil Train Terminal, Anacortes

Tom Glade, President

Evergreen Islands, Anacortes, Wash.

PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINES (MONDAY IS PRESIDENTS DAY!):

BY HAND: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 3:30 PM BY MAIL (ANACORTES PO): SATURDAY,FEBRUARY 15, 1:30pm BY INTERNET: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 4:30PM BY FAX: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 4:30PM (FAX: 360-336-9416)

Since Skagit County’s environmental review is only about potential environmental impacts

that occur on Shell’s property, the environmental impacts of oil train disasters en route will not

[...]

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Plastic Factories a Major Source of Vinyl Chloride in Drinking Water

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA regulates vinyl chloride in drinking water to protect public health. Vinyl chloride may cause health problems if present in public or private water supplies in amounts greater than the drinking water standard set by EPA.

What is vinyl chloride? Uses for vinyl chloride. What are vinyl chloride’s health effects? What are EPA’s drinking water regulations for vinyl chloride? How does vinyl chloride get into my drinking water? Continue reading Plastic Factories a Major Source of Vinyl Chloride in Drinking Water

Wash. Dept. of Ecology Seeks to Ease Tensions at Water Meeting

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

By Rachel Lerman | Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 8:00 am

MOUNT VERNON — State officials urged Skagit landowners Tuesday to “start fresh” and not rehash the past fights over water rights as the state searches for solutions.

“We’ve lost 12 years. And now we’re back to where we started from,” said Tom Loranger, program manager of the water resources program at the state Department of Ecology. “My hope is that we can start…with [...]

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Wash. Water Dispute Clouds Future for Whatcom County Farms, Factories

BY JOHN STARK

THE BELLINGHAM HERALD, June 3, 2013

Dan Kruse, left, and Robert Teton of the Lummi Natural Resources Department, use a net to try to catch juvenile salmon to count on Feb. 15, 2012 at Marine Park in Bellingham. The department counts juvenile salmon around Bellingham Bay about once every two weeks. The Lummi and Nooksack tribes have asked federal agencies to file a lawsuit on their behalf to help determine the amount [...]

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