Oil Check Washington

Why Seattle Mariners home runs have become a terrifying reminder

Now we have to endure every majestic trot around the bases reminded that oil trains put every M’s fan (and people across the Northwest) at risk of being caught in a different kind of BNSF BLAST.

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Here are all the Northwest cities, governments and organizations that oppose oil trains

There are a total of 5 counties, 9 major organizations and 31 cities that have officially voiced concern or outright opposition to oil trains in their communities. With groups as wide ranging as the Washington State Council of Firefighters to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and cities from Spokane and Aberdeen to Bellingham and Hood River (basically anywhere the trains would run) its clear how diverse and widespread opposition is in both states.

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Vancouver oil terminal caught mislead public, again

For a company trying to win approval for a terminal that will bring several mile-long oil trains-a-day across the state, this is a major blow. For the public it'll be that much more difficult to trust a company that wants to ship explosive cargo but can't be bothered to check their facts.

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Here are all the Washington cities, governments and organizations that oppose oil trains

With groups from the Washington State Council of Firefighters to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and cities from Spokane to Aberdeen to Bellingham its clear how diverse and widespread opposition is in the Evergreen State.

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3 different Washington tribes sue over oil and coal trains, final straw in long history

Washington refinery, once presented as a “clean fuels” project gets even oilier

Many have questioned Riverside’s intensions and even see the biofuels portion as a Trojan Horse to simply building new oil capacity. For local advocates yesterday’s announcement confirmed these suspicions.

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The Oil Industry's devastating alternative to the Clean Power Plan

They’ve laid out an alternative to a clean energy future, a Dirty Power Plan, for the Northwest. You won’t see them announcing it from podiums or siting down with Katie Couric to talk it over. But make no mistake the fossil fuel industry has a plan for our corner of the world.

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BNSF and Northwest oil refineries come to safety agreement, with no improvements on safety

While it is comforting to know that if a spill or explosion occurs the producers and transporters will actually talk to each other, it does not address the underlying issue. Oil is being transported by rail at levels we have never seen and far too many of those trains are exploding.

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How to channel that Earth Day energy, actions Northwesterners need to know about

if you still have that green fire running through your veins from yesterday, there are plenty of options to channel it.

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Swinomish Lawsuit against BNSF, just the latest example of local tribes against coal and oil

Our signatures were on the agreement with BNSF, so were theirs. So was the United States. But despite all that, BNSF began running its Bakken oil trains across the reservation without asking, and without even telling us.

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Washington Fire Chiefs to Railroads: You need to disclose more on oil trains

Northwest first responders are justifiably worried. In Washington, Firefighters have expressed grave concerns. They want to know where these trains are, how much oil they are bringing in and the risks shippers anticipate. Unfortunately the railroads, don’t particularly feel like telling them anything.

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Coal and oil trains just got 150 officials to agree on something

This is a daunting future to look at, and can seem hopeless and even leave us cynical at times. But if 150 tribal leaders, county executives and representatives can come together and agree this is a bad idea, I’m feeling pretty good about our chances.

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