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Klapstein said, “While this kind of resistance may seem extreme, these are extreme times and the resistance to this craziness won't stop with us.”
A fast-growing Fortune 100 company, Tesoro has announced plans to build and operate a massive shipping facility on the Columbia River. The Vancouver Energy Distribution Terminal would handle up to 360,000 barrels of crude per day, according to a Sightline Institute report, transferring petroleum from mile-long trains onto oil tankers and other vessels that would ship the oil to refineries in the United States and, possibly, overseas. The exports are currently forbidden under U.S. law, but Congress is under intense industry lobbying to lift the ban.
Railroads and the oil industry say that Bakken field oil is no more dangerous than other oil and that they are taking major steps to improve the safety of tank cars. They say their current operations are conducted safely.
Earlier this month the Washington State Firefighters called on Gov. Jay Inslee to halt oil train traffic until a “determination that this crude by rail can be moved safely through our cities and rural areas.” In January the National Transportation Safety Board issued an unprecedented call for tougher standards recommending that oil trains avoid populated and sensitive areas.
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