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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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Portland Poised To Curtail New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

The ECOreport looks at news from Oregon, Portland Poised To Curtail New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmAt a time when the United States government appears to be falling under the control of the fossil fuel sector, cities are taking the lead in transitioning to a cleaner economy. In Oregon, for example, Portland is poised to curtail new fossil fuel infrastructure.

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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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Americas’ Neglected Bridges & Exploding Oil Trains

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMDuring the past seven years, the amount of oil by rail traffic to the coast has increased over 5,000%. This has resulted in a corresponding surge in the number of oil train derailments, spills, fires, and explosions. There was more oil spilled from trains in 2013, alone,  than the previous four decades. As some of these incidents were caused by misalignment or failure of railroad bridges, a grassroots co-alition of Riverkeeper, ForestEthics, and 22 Waterkeeper organizations inspected 250 railway crossings. The result is a shocking report, on Americas’ neglected bridges & exploding oil trains.

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