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"Washington and Oregon environmental regulators said Tuesday that regional coordination and planning exercises such as drills aided in their response to the fiery train derailment along the Columbia River earlier this month.", www.sandiegouniontribune.com
"The rail company's announcement comes as local officials plead with the federal government to halt the use of railroads to transport crude oil, a practice they say can never be completely safe for communities in the trains' path. 'Railroads provide the infrastructure, flexible networks and efficiency needed to move crude oil from locations where oil is recovered to customer facilities,' said Wes Lujan, a public affairs vice president for Union Pacific. 'Federal agencies and policymakers in Washington, D.C., will continue to put people and ecosystems at risk as they postpone implementation of reasonable safety measures that protect us unless we demand accountability,' Brown said in a statement. Rebecca Ponzio, spokeswoman for the Stand Up To Oil advocacy group, blasted Union Pacific in a statement, saying the company has shown a 'reckless disregard' for communities, ignored officials' pleas and, 'proceeded on with what matters most", www.seattlepi.com
"By Chris Carvalho On June 3, a Union Pacific train carrying crude oil passed through the small Oregon town of Mosier, one of the most beautiful places in the Columbia River Gorge. Sixteen tank cars derailed and several burst into flames. One thousand barrels (42,000 gallons) of oil were released. Fortunately, no one was hurt or killed, and it was a calm day on track away from the water. Oil shipments through the gorge have been rising rapidly since 2012. Residents, businesses, and recreationists all knew it was only a matter of time before an oil release. What shocked us all was that it came so soon. But in hindsight, the numbers say it happened right on schedule. The industry's risk analysis for the proposed Vancouver, Washington, oil-by-rail terminal indicates an accident the size of the one in Mosier could only happen about once every 58 years, accounting for current levels of oil moving through the gorge. Clearly, something is wrong with the safety predictions for this", www.oregonlive.com
"The company temporarily stopped sending oil trains through the Gorge after 16 cars on a 96-car train derailed in Mosier on June 3. Four cars caught fire and leaked 42,000 gallons of oil in a crash that forced hundreds of people to evacuate and closed Interstate 84.", www.oregonlive.com
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