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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Unions stand at Standing Rock

Northwest Labor Press published this photo from the Standing Rock protest encampment with Isaiah Barnes of the Sioux nation, and Jamison Roberts and Steve Hunt of Vancouver ILWU Local 4.

Excerpts from Northwest Labor Press:

On Thanksgiving Day, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 put out a call for donations of cold […]

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Oil refinery proposed for Longview revived

A proposed crude oil and biofuel refinery at Washington’s Port of Longview is again being considered by the port.

Port of Longview officials reported Tuesday, May 26, that port staff is reconsidering the project after declaring it dormant the prior month. The project was first proposed to the port in mid-2014.

If built, the facility […]

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Analyst: Vancouver oil terminal has less than 50% chance of approval

It’s anybody’s guess as to whether Vancouver will become home to the nation’s largest rail-to-marine oil-transfer terminal.

But an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, a global banking company, thinks the project proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies at the Port of Vancouver has less than a 50 percent of being approved.

The May 8 […]

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CSX train hauling crude oil derails in West Virginia, explodes in huge fireball

All but two of the 109 cars being hauled were tanker cars, officials said. One person was treated for potential inhalation issues, but no other injuries were reported, according to a statement from CSX, the train company.

Fires burned for hours after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a […]

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Port of Vancouver’s Shuck leaving for oilfield services job

The Port of Vancouver manager who spearheaded efforts to drum up new business in North Dakota, including a controversial proposal to haul Bakken crude to Vancouver by rail, has left the port to take a job with an oilfield services company in that state’s city of Williston.

In his recent work for the port, Shuck […]

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Rail car shortage blunts Puget Sound ports’ comeback bid

From Bloomberg:

In the U.S., shippers of grain, coal and other commodities have told regulators of poor service from BNSF, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board in June ordered railroads to report plans for resolving the backlogs.

Seattle and Tacoma are being stymied in their push to […]

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Oil train opponents blockade tracks at Port Westward, OR

From Rising Tide North America:

Oil train blocked near Port Westward, OR

Clatskanie, OR—Climate justice activists, local Clatskanie farmers, and oil train opponents from all over Columbia County are blockading the tracks [Update: Police Risk Protester’s Life to End 9-Hour Oil Train Blockade‘]that lead to Port Westward on the Columbia River. The blockade consists of […]

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