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Bill would prohibit state agency from setting carbon cap

SEATTLE — A new bill takes aim at Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon policies by prohibiting state regulators from adopting rules that limit greenhouse gas emissions without legislative direction. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, targets the Democratic governor’s ability to take executive action on the issue. After failing to get legislation passed on his cap-and-trade plan last year, ...

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Leaders seek extended comment on oil-by-rail studies

Several Washington community leaders sent a letter Friday to Skagit County Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt and Gov. Jay Inslee requesting 120-day public comment periods for the proposed Shell Puget Sound Refinery rail unloading facility in Anacortes and the proposed Grays Harbor crude oil terminals. The letter, which was also sent to Hoquiam City Manager Brian Shay and state Department of Ecology ...

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States step up scrutiny of oil train shipments

When it comes to regulating railroads, states usually let the federal government determine policy. But mounting concerns about the safety of oil trains are making states bolder. In recent months, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington state have taken steps to strengthen oversight of the freight rail industry. The three join several other states — mostly led by Democrats — in policing ...

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Report: Washington governor’s advisers courted oil refinery

PORTLAND, Ore. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently said he hadn’t heard much about a new oil refinery along the Columbia River, but emails show his administration has been working for months to facilitate the project. Citing emails obtained through a public records request, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that Inslee’s advisers have been courting a project by Riverside Energy to ...

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Railroads required to plan for a worst-case oil train spill in Washington state

Under a new state law signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday, May 14, large railroads will be required to plan with the state for “worst-case spills” from crude oil unit trains, but exactly what that worst-case scenario looks like is not yet clear. The law requires railroads to plan for the “largest foreseeable spill in adverse weather conditions,” but ...

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Washington Gov. Inslee signs oil train safety bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law Thursday a measure that attempts to improve the safety of oil transportation as a sharp increase in trains carrying volatile crude oil poses new safety and environmental risks in the state. A compromise reached on the last day of the regular legislative session resolved differences between competing bills in the Senate ...

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Oil train transportation safety study goes to Legislature

Attempts to improve oil transportation safety measures are continuing at state and federal levels, while an Anacortes refinery is seeking to appeal Skagit County’s request for a thorough environmental review for a proposed rail offloading facility. The state Department of Ecology sent its final Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study to the Legislature on Monday. The agency says it received ...

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DOE releases report on oil transportation

The final version of the state Department of Ecology’s report on oil transportation was released Monday, presenting recommendations for legislation that could affect “crude-by-rail” plans such as those proposed for Grays Harbor. The report, now 10 months in the making after being contracted last April, sought recommendations for legislators in the wake of a rise in oil-by-rail activity throughout the ...

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