Canada's oil train disaster sparks concerns in Washington state

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 6:19 PM

Canada's oil train disaster is sparking concerns in Washington state.

Currently, millions of gallons of crude oil come through Washington by rail each month. There are no state regulations of train oil shipments.

More and more, what used to come by ship or pipeline is coming by rail.

Within the past year, each day a long train of 100 cars of crude oil rolls through Washington neighborhoods. They travel past the state's most precious bodies of water.

"All of these are important. So, the Department of Ecology is watching as the movement of oil trains increases," said Department of Energy spokesman Larry Altose.

Washington's Department of Ecology has no regulatory power over the oil trains.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe is required to submit a safety program to the Federal Railroad Administration.
 

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