… barely four miles upstream from the fishermen’s nets, state workers are still cleaning up after a major oil train derailment in June. About 47,000 gallons of heavy Bakken crude bound from North Dakota spilled when 16 Union Pacific cars accordioned off the tracks. All of it, Oregon environmental officials said, might have gone into the river but for a stroke of luck that carried the oil instead into a water treatment plant a few hundred feet from the riverbank.

That juxtaposition — the rebounding river coming a hair’s breadth from disaster — has resonated across the Pacific Northwest and brought about a day of reckoning. From ballot boxes to the governors’ desks in Oregon and Washington, a corner of the nation that seemed poised only a few years ago to become a new energy hub is now gripped by a debate over whether transporting volatile, hazardous crude oil by rail through cities and environmentally delicate areas can ever be made safe enough.

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5 thoughts on “Pacific Northwest Weighs Response to Risks Posed by Oil Trains

  1. It scares me what humans are willing to do to an environment to make money. There are ways to make the transport of hazardous materials safer, but it is costly to change over to it, sometimes costly to operate, and no one wants to pay for it. So the environment pays for our profit and our convenience. That is sad. Hugs

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      • I am in favor of clean energy. I heard that the new Tesla cars are going to also produce trucks and that the technology can be used in Semis also. So much goes by truck today, if we can find a cleaner way to power the trucks, what an improvement that would be. Hugs

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