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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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San Francisco Largest City to Ban Water Bottles

MARCH 5, 2014 San Francisco Examiner JOSHUA SABATINI

Chiu addressing the media

Plastic containers will be forbidden to be sold on public property in move toward zero-waste goal

San Francisco became the first major city Tuesday to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on public property, building on a nationwide effort to curb the billion-dollar industry.

The nine-months-in-the-making proposal by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu navigated through a number of challenging issues, from the city’s drinking [...]

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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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Oil Trains Coming: Local Officials Prepare for the Worst

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

By Kimberly Cauvel | Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 11:30 pm

Colette Weeks

A train pulls tanks of crude oil toward the refineries in Anacortes in August.

Traffic is blocked at three major intersections in Mount Vernon, and a fire is burning downtown.

Mount Vernon and Burlington fire trucks and ambulances dispatched to the scene determine alternate routes because a 100-car oil train is blocking crossings at [...]

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The Bakken Oil Trains are Coming . . . IS SKAGIT READY?

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

Bakken crude oil deliveries raise safety questions

By Daniel DeMay | Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 11:40 pm

An oil tanker train sits on the rail line that parallels Highway 20 west of Burlington in this photo taken in November 2013. Scott Terrell / Skagit Valley Herald

OLYMPIA [Wash.] — The issue of shipping oil by rail has gone from the background to the front burner almost overnight.

There are no less [...]

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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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Swinomish Tribe Joins Opposition to Canadian Oil Pipeline

Skagit County, Washington

Skagit Valley Herald staff | Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:00 am

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline project, it announced Thursday.

The tribe said it will oppose the project before Canada’s National Energy Board, along with the Tulalip Tribes, Lummi Nation, Suquamish Tribe and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Canada.

“Over the last 100 years, our most sacred site, the Salish Sea, has been deeply impacted by [...]

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