crude oil

Environment
6:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Washington State Senator: Oil Trains 'Going To Be With Us For A While'

File photo of a crude oil train.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:21 pm

Environmental regulators in Washington state are expecting a lively crowd Thursday in the coastal city of Hoquiam.

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EarthFix Reports
8:04 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Propane And Butane Export Terminal Proposed For Longview, Wash.

Natural gas flares from a flare-head at the Orvis State well on the Evanson family farm in McKenzie County.
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Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 12:49 pm

Nearly 30 percent of the gas released during crude oil production in the Bakken oil fields is flared off – burned into the air and essentially wasted.

This week, a Houston-based company proposed building a terminal in Longview, Wash. that would collect some of those gases and export them.

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EarthFix Reports
5:04 am
Wed March 19, 2014

How Industry Specs And A Federal Loophole Allow Railroads To Avoid Response Planning Oversight

Unlike marine vessels, pipelines and terminal facilities, railroads are not required to file response plans for trains of tanker cars.
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Neither states nor the federal government have oversight over how railroads plan for responding to spills from trains carrying crude oil, meaning environmental regulators cannot identify gaps in the plans or verify a railroad’s abilities to carry them out.

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EarthFix Reports
7:57 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Port Of Portland: We’ll Pass On Crude Oil By Rail—For Now

The Port of Portland says it might consider an oil train project one day – but not until safety concerns have been addressed.
Flickr Photo/Russ Allison Loar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Have you been wondering about the Port of Portland’s position on oil by rail? If so, you’re not alone.

As more and more oil by rail developments crop up around the Pacific Northwest, the port has received “numerous inquiries” about whether it, too, would be willing and able to receive shipments of crude from the Bakken oil fields.

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EarthFix Reports
7:45 am
Wed March 5, 2014

With Or Without Terminal, Oil Trains Through Vancouver On The Rise

An oil by rail terminal has been proposed at the Port of Vancouver USA, but regardless of its future the city will likely see significant increases of oil by rail traffic
Port of Vancouver USA

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:18 pm

Opponents of a planned oil-by-rail terminal urged Port of Vancouver USA commissioners at their meeting Tuesday to cancel its lease with terminal companies Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, raising several arguments against what would be the largest oil-to-marine terminal in the Northwest. But that terminal might not be the biggest factor affecting oil train traffic through the city.

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EarthFix Reports
8:35 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Exploding Oil Trains Prompt More Stringent Safety Tests

United States safety regulators have adopted an emergency order requiring tests of crude oil before shipment by rail. The move is in response to a string of explosions and fires, like this one in Quebec, which claimed 47 lives.
Courtesy of Transportation Safety Board of Canada

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an emergency order requiring crude oil from North Dakota and Montana to be tested before being transported by railroads.

Tuesday’s order follows several fiery derailments involving shipments of crude oil. It is intended to ensure greater safety when the highly flammable liquid is being shipped.

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8:45 am
Thu February 20, 2014

More Coal, More Oil Means More Trains

A coal train moves through Wyoming where the coal is mined from the Powder River Basin.
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Train traffic will dramatically increase in the Pacific Northwest, if proposed coal export terminals and crude oil terminals are built. That’s the conclusion of an updated report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils.

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Government
9:13 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Washington State Senators Propose Tax On Oil Train Shipments

File photo of a BNSF train.
Flickr Photo/Raymond D. Woods Jr. (CC BY-NC-ND)

Powerful members of the Washington state Senate are on board with a plan to tax crude oil shipped into the state by rail.

The money raised would pay for oil spill response and clean up.

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EarthFix Reports
8:32 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Crude Oil Terminal Planned In NW Portland

A Google Earth image of the Paramount Petroleum asphalt plant, recently sold to a an investment firm and leased to Arc Logistics Partners LP for use as a crude oil terminal.
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Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 4:15 pm

PORTLAND -- A national fuel storage company has plans to turn an asphalt plant near the Willamette River into a rail and marine terminal for crude oil.

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10:53 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Tesoro To Upgrade To Safer Oil Tankers

A company that’s shipping crude oil through the Pacific Northwest has announced it’s upgrading its fleet to safer tanker train cars.
Flickr Creative Commons: Russ Allison Loar

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:03 pm

A company that’s shipping crude oil through the Pacific Northwest has announced it’s upgrading its fleet to safer tanker train cars. The announcement comes after several derailments, fires, and explosions prompted safety concerns, including an explosion in Quebec last summer that killed 47 people.

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Railway Regulation
8:41 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Crude Oil Train Oversight Divides Washington Legislature

File photo of a BNSF train from March 16, 2013.
Raymond D. Woods Jr. Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 9:50 pm

In Olympia, state lawmakers are going down divergent tracks in how to respond to the rapid increase of crude oil trains crossing the region.

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