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Longview Terminated Negotiations For Oil & Propane Facilities

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWaterside Energy’s proposal to build the Columbia River’s first oil refinery (Riverside Refining LLC), as well as a propane export terminal (Washington Energy Storage & Transfer LLC, also known as “WEST”), has come to an abrupt end. Port commissioners say the proponent failed to provide necessary information.  Opponents of the projects are hailing the Port Commission’s vote as the latest in a string of defeats for fossil fuel projects on the Columbia River. After two years of negotiations, the Port of Longview terminated negotiations for oil & propane facilities.
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Americas’ Neglected Bridges & Exploding Oil Trains

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMDuring the past seven years, the amount of oil by rail traffic to the coast has increased over 5,000%. This has resulted in a corresponding surge in the number of oil train derailments, spills, fires, and explosions. There was more oil spilled from trains in 2013, alone,  than the previous four decades. As some of these incidents were caused by misalignment or failure of railroad bridges, a grassroots co-alition of Riverkeeper, ForestEthics, and 22 Waterkeeper organizations inspected 250 railway crossings. The result is a shocking report, on Americas’ neglected bridges & exploding oil trains.

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Portland’s Oil-By-Rail Resolution Passed 4-0

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMTwo and a half hours were allotted for this meeting, but there was not enough time for everyone to testify. More than a hundred signed up to speak. The crowd spilled into two overflow rooms. Only one of the two proposed fossil fuel resolutions was voted on. Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposed adopting policy opposing any increase in the amount of crude oil being transported by rail through the city of Portland and the city of Vancouver, Washington. Portland’s Oil-by-rail Resolution Passed 4-0 .

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