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With oil arriving in state by rail up 35%, legislature safety bills proposed


An oil train snaking its way through downtown Seattle
PHOTO CREDIT: Marcus R. Donner/Puget Sound Business Journal



– “Washington sees 35 percent of oil arrive by rail, report says”
“Just how much crude oil is coming into and through Washington State heading to refineries?

We now know in the first Department of Ecology report on crude oil transported by rail, and soon pipeline.

In its report, the state assesses what kind of crude is coming in – light, medium or heavy; where it’s coming in from, North Dakota’s Bakken formation, or from Alberta in Canada; how is it coming in, through gateways such as Spokane or down through Whatcom County. And for the first time, we’re hearing exactly how much.

The Crude Oil report only includes oil brought in from October 1 through December 31, 2016. It finds that at its peak, 1,366,392 barrels of crude came in during a week in November. The lowest, 993,000 barrels, was in December,” quoting Glenn Farley, KING 5 TV News.
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– “Bills aim to beef up oil transportation safety”
“With more crude oil expected to move through Washington state, Democratic lawmakers want to toughen rules around oil transportation and raise more money for spill prevention and response efforts.

Companion bills in the House and Senate aim to reduce the risk of oil spills with provisions that target oil carried by vessels, pipelines and trains. Supporters say the legislation is needed to address the growing risks of oil shipped through state waters,” by Phuong Le, Associated Press.
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Posted by Steve on February 11, 2017 at 12:13 am | Permalink

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