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Critics: River route no place for oil trains after crash

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fiery oil train derailment in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge drew immediate reaction from environmentalists who said oil should not be transported by rail, particularly along a river that is a hub of recreation and commerce. At least eleven cars derailed Friday in the 96-car Union Pacific train and the company said several caught fire. ...

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Oregon train derailment spills oil, sparks fire

derailment, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A train towing cars full of oil derailed Friday in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, sparking a fire that sent a plume of black smoke high into the sky. The accident happened around noon near the town of Mosier, about 70 miles east of Portland. It involved eight cars filled with oil, and one was burning, ...

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California adopts map showing power-line fire danger

California wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California regulators who oversee the state’s electricity on Thursday adopted a map that shows where power lines pose the greatest wildfire danger. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the use of what it calls Fire Map 1, which shows parts of the state that are especially in danger for ignition and spread of power-line fires ...

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Train hauling fracking sand derails in northern Colorado

TIMNATH, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters say nine train cars that derailed near an elementary school in northern Colorado were carrying sand used in fracking but no hazardous materials. The Great Western cars, part of a 100-car train, came off the tracks and tipped Sunday morning in Timnath, east of Fort Collins. No one was hurt. Poudre (kash-luh-POO’-dur) Fire Authority spokeswoman ...

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UNM, Miners’ Colfax in pact to fight mining-related illness

Miners' Colfax, lung disease

RATON, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Miners’ Colfax Medical Center are stepping up efforts to fight mining-related respiratory diseases. Both recently announced that a $1.5 million gift will fund an endowed chair in Mining-Related Lung Disease to be held by pulmonologist Akshay Sood. Sood has been working with the Raton hospital for years ...

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