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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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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The ECOreport asks a former senior analyst with the DOE, how much damage Can Donald Trump Do?
By Roy L Hales
The fears seem especially strong across the renewable and environmental communities. David Suzuki writes that “a bigoted, misogynistic, climate change denier has been elected to the highest office in what is still the world’s most powerful nation.” Many fear that President-elect Donald Trump “is set to gut US environmental regulations, open up federal lands for fossil fuel extraction, and quit the Paris climate agreement.” Academics from many North American universities are copying information and data from U.S. government environmental websites before the new administration eradicates it. The next President’s personality “is certainly extreme by any standard.” How much damage can Donald Trump do to America?
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED: Sacramento Remembers Lac-Mégantic Oil-by-Rail Catastrophe
Originally Posted on the Daily KOS
by Dan Bacher
On July 6, over 30 activists in Sacramento held a vigil memorializing the 47 people killed in Canada in the Lac-Mégantic Disaster three years ago.
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The ECOreport questions the risks involved with transforming the Columbia into a major fossil fuel artery. There was a fatal accident last December & another oil-by-rail fire near Portland today
By Roy L Hales
There are currently only one or two trains going through the Columbia River Gorge every day. Imagine what would happen if all the fossil fuel projects in this region were approved. Up to a hundred trains, averaging between a mile and a mile and a half in length, and would make this same trek weekly. Six months ago, a truck driver was killed in a railway accident within Portland’s city limits. The flames spread to eight railway cars, carrying oil or asphalt, which luckily did not catch fire. There was another oil-by-rail fire near Portland today.
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