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Washington State attorney says oil terminal risks being underplayed

The state attorney tasked with defending the environment took aim at the Port of Vancouver’s proposed rail-to-marine oil terminal in comments submitted Friday by asserting that the risks of train derailments are being underplayed.

The counsel for the environment, a member of the Attorney General’s Office who represents the public’s interest in the environment while [...]

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Hundreds weigh in on plan for Vancouver oil terminal

Hundreds gathered Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 5, at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, Washington, to offer testimony on the proposed rail-to-marine oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver that would be the nation’s largest, receiving an average of 360,000 barrels of oil per day.

Opponents on Tuesday hammered on the risks [...]

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Vancouver oil terminal hearing set for Tuesday; Controversial oil project expected to draw large crowd

From the Columbian:

The first public hearing on the proposed rail-to-marine oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver kicks off at 1 p.m. Tuesday and could last past 11 p.m.

The project has been controversial from the time the proposal became public in 2013. Opponents have seized on what they call risks to life, [...]

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CP-NS potential merger raises flags in Congress

Canadian Pacific Railway’s attempt to takeover Norfolk Southern Railway has already raised alarm with a group of Illinois lawmakers and prompted a pointed response from the Canada railroad.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Dec. 14 urged the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, the rail regulatory agency, to consider the potential negative impact of the Canada railroad’s [...]

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CP promises ‘street fight’ if NS rejects latest takeover bid

From the Journal of Commerce:

A proxy war has been all but declared, analysts say, after Canadian Pacific Railway announced Wednesday it had upped its hostile bid for Norfolk Southern Railway by some $3.4 billion.

It’s the second time the Calgary-based railroad has attempted to sweeten the pot after NS shareholders called CP’s first two [...]

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Truck hits train, tankers catch fire on Columbia River

Tanker cars hit by semi in Portland

A truck driver died after colliding with a train, which set off a series of tanker fires that shut down Portland’s St. Johns Bridge and a section of Hwy 30 on Sunday morning.

A massive plume of smoke was seen for miles after the crash around 8:45 a.m. [...]

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House approves first Surface Transportation Board reauthorization bill in 20 years

The U.S. House on Thursday unanimously approved the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 808), a bipartisan bill that proposes to reauthorize and reform the STB. The bill, which the Senate passed earlier this year, now goes to President Obama for his signature.

The bill represents the first reauthorization of the STB and [...]

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Environmentalists ask judge to halt $500-million harbor-area rail yard

From the Los Angeles Times:

A coalition of environmentalists, community groups and Long Beach officials is seeking a court order to halt construction of a controversial $500-million Port of Los Angeles rail yard that they claim will increase pollution in surrounding low-income, minority communities.

During hearings Monday and Tuesday, attorneys representing the group asked Contra [...]

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Port of Oakland in talks to build Seaport Logistics Complex

Port of Oakland news release:

Talks have begun to develop the next phase of a 170-acre Seaport Logistics Complex at the Port of Oakland. Port Commissioners gave the go-ahead last night, authorizing exclusive negotiations between the Port and industrial real estate developer CenterPoint Properties.

The Port and developer were given six months to reach agreement [...]

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California coal terminal not a legitimate use of Utah millions, groups say

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Utah’s proposed $53 million investment in an Oakland, Calif., export terminal is a flagrant abuse of community-impact funds that not only violates federal and state law, but will also subsidize private coal mining corporations and out-of-state developers at the expense of Utah taxpayers and local governments.

That’s according to two [...]

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$325B Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act likely to pass House

The American Society of Civil Engineers’s most recent infrastructure report card included a C+ grade for United States’ bridges, and D’s for roads and transit.

It’s been 10 years since Congress has passed a new law to fund the country’s bridges, highways and roads. Instead, lawmakers have just been extending the old plan time and [...]

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How China’s growing appetite is transforming an American port

The Diplomat holds development at the Port of Oakland as ‘evidence of China’s growing appetite for American agricultural products.’

Excerpts from The Diplomat:

From forks to iPhones to couches, “Made in China” products fill American stores. U.S. ports typically import far more from China than they export, but Oakland stands as a rare exception. [...]

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Proposed coal terminal in Longview hits setback Longview coal terminal environmental study to 2016

From an article titled ‘State delays coal terminal environmental study to 2016′ in The Daily News:

A draft environmental study for the $643 million Longview coal terminal that had been due in November has been postponed until 2016, the state Department of Ecology announced Thursday.

A schedule that Gov. Jay Inslee’s office agreed to a [...]

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Coal-shipping plan divides Oakland over health, jobs issues

Several ILWU representatives spoke against coal exports — but in favor of other bulk products — at the Oakland City Council on Sept 21. Katrina Booker, ILWU Local 10 longshorewoman, said she’d seen the negative health effects of coal and that developers should instead export cleaner, safer cargoes from the terminal.

Opposition to coal is [...]

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Pollution, health concerns over plan for coal exports at Oakland Port

”We are adamantly opposed to coal. We’re not against the terminal; we welcome the terminal. We’re just opposed to coal.” — Derrick Muhammad, ILWU Local 10 Business Agent, testifying against coal exports on September 21, 2015.

A lengthy public hearing in Oakland Monday afternoon and evening sought to parse out the benefits or drawbacks [...]

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