Oil boom bringing trainloads of crude oil through Washington


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Posted on January 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM
Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 7:22 PM

TACOMA, Wash. — An oil boom in the Midwest is laying the tracks for a major transportation hub in Washington. Crude is coming here by rail, pipeline and barge, and state agencies have a hard time keeping up with the pace.
Activists have been worried about what proposed coal terminals would do to rail traffic in Washington state, but little attention has been paid to plans to transport.
Washington State Ecology officials have been planning to publish a map showing increasing oil maps across the state. The problem is the new proposals are popping up so quickly they have to keep updating it. Crude oil is already rolling down rail lines through Tacoma and Seattle and more is on the way.

“All of a sudden, it’s just coming on strong,” said Dale Jensen, the Department of Ecology’s Spills Program Manager.


~ by fredfelleman on February 11, 2013.

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