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Oregon Fails To Pass Oil Train Emergency Response Legislation

The ECOreport reposts news of a state legislature’s failure to take action,  Oregon Fails To Pass Oil Train Emergency Response Legislation

Press Release from Stand Up to Oil

Salem, OR  At the close of the 2017 session the Oregon Legislature has failed to pass legislation that would have improved oil train emergency response requirements and oil terminal review standards, including House Bill 2131.
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Washington State Finds Longview Coal Terminal Would Cause Significant Harm

The ECOreport reposts news about the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Washington State finds Longview coal terminal would cause significant harm

Originally Posted on Columbia Riverkeeper

April 28, 2017 (LONGVIEW, WA) – Today, the Washington State Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County released the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, Washington, the last remaining coal export terminal proposed in the Pacific Northwest. State agencies and Cowlitz County will use the FEIS to decide whether to issue or deny permits to Millennium. “The multiple findings of significant, adverse impacts that cannot be mitigated mean that Ecology and Cowlitz County should deny Millennium’s permit applications. Any other outcome would be scientifically and legally unsupported,” states Jan Hasselman, Staff Attorney with Earthjustice.

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BNSF Railway Responsible For Coal Cleanups

The ECOreport reposts news from Washington state, where an agreement  has been reached and now BNSF Railway Responsible For Coal Cleanups

Press release from the Beyond Coal Campaign

Seattle, WA – A coalition of environmental organizations and BNSF Railway (BNSF) have reached an agreement in principle that will ensure that BNSF starts to clean up and prevent pollution from their coal trains.

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Near Catastrophe Galvanizes Opposition To Oil By Rail

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1More details have emerged in the eight days since a 96-car Union Pacific train, carrying crude oil, derailed at Mosier, Oregon. A railway spokesman announced that the probable cause of this accident was that the lag bolts failed in a number of consecutive rail ties. Though four cars ruptured, only one actually caught fire. Local firefighters battled throughout the night and finally succeeded in suppressing the fire in the early hours of the next day. Mosier’s sewage treatment plant was damaged and is still inoperable but, thanks to the assistance of the neighbouring town of Hood River, all but two of Mosier’s homes once again have water and sewage.  The surrounding communities demonstrated how this near catastrophe galvanizes opposition to oil by rail at two press events this week.

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Rally in Support of The City Of Portland

The City will pass two groundbreaking resolutions curtailing the growth of the fossil fuel infrastructure. First, a rally in support of the city of Portland

Press Release from Columbia River Keeper

Large crowds are expected to rally at 1:15pm with music and creative visuals before attending a landmark hearing at the Portland City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 2:30PM. The Council will consider two groundbreaking resolutions at the hearing. The first, a resolution opposing all projects that would increase the amount of oil trains in Portland, is being followed by a second resolution opposing all projects that increase transportation or storage of fossil fuels in Portland or its adjacent waterways. These resolutions together are the most far-reaching in the country and place a high priority on public health and safety at a time when Portland is bracing itself for a possible 9.0 earthquake and has yet to address the safety of existing fossil fuel infrastructure. The resolutions are championed by Mayor Hales and Commissioner Fritz.

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Coal – America’s Unwanted Energy

The ECOreport looks into the West Coast’s resistance to one of the dirtiest fossil fuels,  Coal – America’s Unwanted Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe EPA’s finalization of its carbon regulations and Goldman Sach’s consequent decision to sell its investment in the Gateway Pacific Terminal underline a very important fact. Aside from rooftop solar, whose potential contribution to the world’s energy mix is limited, there are not many clean energy sources in the world.
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