HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Places » U.S. » Oregon (Group) » 2 bills in Oregon Legisla...

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:08 PM

2 bills in Oregon Legislature aim to curb, prevent oil-train disasters

Native Americans, environmentalists and a fishing guide spoke out Monday in support of two bills that aim to prevent, or at least mitigate, an ecological disaster like an oil spill into the Columbia River.

One bill would require railroads that own or operate high-hazard train routes to adopt oil-spill prevention and emergency-response planning, and ensure they carry adequate insurance to address a worst-case spill. The other bill would prohibit the Legislature from funding new bulk coal or oil terminals.

Trains carrying oil travel through Oregon to destinations elsewhere, and among the shipments is the highly volatile crude from the Bakken Crude from North Dakota. It was that type of oil that was in a train that derailed and caused a fire near Mosier on June 3 along the pristine Columbia River, a key salmon habitat fished by Indian tribes. The crash released oil alongside tracks that parallel the Columbia River.

"Our tiny town was nearly wiped off the map," Mosier Mayor Arlene Burns told the House Committee On Energy and Environment. She said that if the winds that normally sweep through the Columbia River Gorge had not been calm that day, a conflagration would have ensued.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2017/03/2_bills_in_oregon_legislature.html

2 replies, 1038 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply 2 bills in Oregon Legislature aim to curb, prevent oil-train disasters (Original post)
TexasTowelie Mar 2017 OP
elleng Mar 2017 #1
gopiscrap Mar 2017 #2

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:41 PM

1. The Feds SHOULD take care of this,

and to some extent they may have. UP is on IT's side.

'Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Aaron Hunt said in submitted testimony that while the railroad wants to partner with the state to enhance rail safety, he said the bill that sets out a timeline for railroads to respond to an emergency is invalid under federal laws.'

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 02:26 AM

2. good hope they do that in Washington also

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread