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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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Oregon Introduced Legislation Protecting Communities Against Oil-By-Rail Spills

The ECOreport looks into Oregon Introduced Legislation Protecting Communities Against Oil-By-Rail Spills

By Roy L Hales

Though both Washington and California call for rail companies to submit oil spill contingency plans, this is not yet a requirement in Oregon. Legislation was introduced in 2015, but the railway industry successfully lobbied against it. This could be changing. On Tuesday January 3, 2016,  Oregon introduced legislation protecting communities against oil-by-rail spills.

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Environmental Study for Grays Harbor’s Crude-By-Rail Facility

The ECOreport reposts news about the environmental study for Grays Harbor’s crude-by-rail facility

Press Release from Washington Dungeness Crab Fishermen’s Association, Grays Harbor Audubon, Stand Up to Oil Campaign & Quinault Indian Nation

Hoquiam, WA – The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Westway Terminal Company’s proposed crude-by-rail facility at the Port of Grays Harbor was released today amidst widespread opposition and calls for the City of Hoquiam to deny a permit. After a successful challenge to the original permit, this FEIS has gone through public review with overwhelming opposition. This is the final review stop before the City of Hoquiam can make a permit decision.
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Vancouver WA Prohibits Oil-By-Rail Projects

The ECOreport reposts news that Vancouver WA prohibits oil-by-rail projects within city limits

Press release from Stand Up To Oil

Vancouver, WA – Tonight, the Vancouver City Council voted 7 to 0 to prohibit crude oil storage, handling, and refining facilities in Vancouver’s industrial zones. The vote is a historic step to prevent new proposals like the current Tesoro Savage and NuStar oil terminal proposals, which together would bring almost 140 million barrels of crude oil per year through Northwest communities. A crowd of over 150 turned out to support this step by the City – overflowing the council chambers.

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Halt Pacific Northwest Oil Trains

The ECOreport looks into Governors of Washington & Oregon calling upon the FRA to halt Pacific Northwest oil trains

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe oil train you see above may be one of the last to pass through Hood River, Oregon.  Three weeks ago a near catastrophic derailment/fire occurred in the neighbouring town of Mosier. The town is still  dealing with the aftereffects. Thursday the Federal Rail Authority’s (FRA) Preliminary report blamed the incident on Union Pacific’s failure to maintain their tracks.  Now the  Governors of Washington and Oregon are calling upon the FRA to halt Pacific Northwest oil trains.
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Maintenance Failure Caused Mosier Derailment

The ECOreport looks at a preliminary FRA report that confirms railway maintenance failure caused the Mosier derailment

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThree weeks have passed since the oil train derailment at Mosier, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. The giant Baker tanks, used to store raw sewage, have been removed from downtown. In an audio posted to the town’s website, Mayor Arlene Burns proclaims that the city is once again open for business. But according to Kristen McNall, a volunteer with Mosier Fire, they are still dealing with the accident’s repercussions. Today a preliminary Federal Railway Administration report confirmed that a maintenance failure caused the Mosier derailment

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Transportation Officer Calls For Oil Train Moratorium

The ECOreport looks into news that an Oregon Transportation officer calls for oil train moratorium

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe lag bolts whose failure caused the recent oil-by-rail accident at Mosier were “relatively new.” According to Hal Gard, Administrator of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Rail and Public Transit Division, “new rail was installed at this location in 2013.” In a newly surfaced email to the Federal Rail Administrator for Region 8, this Oregon transportation Officer calls for an oil train moratorium.

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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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Climate Kids Are Suing America

The ECOreport looks at how The US knew burning fossil fuels destabilizes our climate for 50 years, but did little to stop this. So 21 Climate Kids are suing America

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The United States has known that burning fossil fuels destabilizes our climate for over fifty years, but taken few steps to prevent this. Even now, 18 months after President Obama declared “No challenge  poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” the nation does not appear to be ready to switch away from a fossil fuel based energy system. According to Our Children’s Trust, this is discriminating against the rights of the very generations who will experience the worst effects of Climate change. So 21 Climate Kids are suing America.

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Mosier Objects To Restarting Rail Traffic

The ECOreport looks at why, in the wake of an oil-by-rail fire,  Mosier Objects To Restarting Rail Traffic.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Mosier’s sewer system was still turned off this morning. Some of the derailed oil cars still sit beside the tracks, where the town’s fifteen volunteer fire fighters fought to contain the fire throughout Friday and into the night. The town’s acquirers were depleted during the battle. Now Union Pacific wants to resume normal operations but, until they can explain the cause of the accident, Mosier Objects To Restarting Rail Traffic.

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