by Keith Matheny and Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press
Nestlé Waters North America’s plans to increase its Michigan groundwater withdrawal by more than 2 1/2 times would unravel an accord reached with environmentalists seven years ago that was aimed at protecting the water table and wildlife.
Nestlé announced a $36-million expansion at its Ice Mountain bottling operations in Stanwood, in Mecosta County, on Oct. 31. The addition of two water-bottling lines — the first to begin operation next spring; the […]
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by Agence France-Presse in Ljubljana
Slovenia has amended its constitution to make access to drinkable water a fundamental right for all citizens and stop it being commercialised.
With 64 votes in favour and none against, the 90-seat parliament added an article to the EU country’s constitution saying “everyone has the right to drinkable water”.
The centre-right opposition Slovenian Democratic party (SDS) abstained from the vote saying the amendment was not necessary and only aimed at increasing public support.
Slovenia is […]
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Federal government issues emergency order requiring states be informed of oil train shipments
By JOAN LOWY
The Associated Press May 7, 2014 WASHINGTON The Transportation Department issued an emergency order Wednesday requiring that railroads inform state emergency management officials about the movement of large shipments of crude oil through their states and urged shippers not to use older model tanks cars that are easily ruptured in accidents, even at slow speeds.The emergency order requires that each railroad operating trains containing […]
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BY CURTIS TATE McClatchy Washington Bureau April 10, 2014 A train carrying tanker cars filled with crude oil passes through St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 27, 2013. The crude oil is loaded in at terminals in North Dakota and Canada and taken to refineries in the east. JIM GEHRZ — Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT
WASHINGTON — Grain producers, manufacturers and coal shippers told federal regulators Thursday that rail service has deteriorated drastically in the nation’s midsection in recent […]
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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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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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March 10, 2014
By MARTHA KANG
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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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 | firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Sightline Daily/News & Views for a Sustainable Northwest
Eric de Place and Rich Feldman 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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Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.
By Kimberly Cauvel | Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 11:30 pm
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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