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The Spokesman-Review – Knezovich, railroads tout rail safety as Spokane coal, oil train activists close in on ballot measure

Post date: May 10, 2017

The Spokesman-Review | April 20, 2017 By Kip Hill Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and representatives of the two railroads shipping coal and oil through downtown on Thursday detailed their work ensuring safe transport of the commodities. “We have been running tabletop exercises, as far as potential disasters and everything else,” Knezovich said in the […]

The Daily News (Longview) – Initial thoughts

Post date: May 9, 2017

The Daily News Longview | May 3, 2017 Millennium Bulk Terminals’ final state environmental impact statement was issued last Friday and we have some initial thoughts to share. Our view can be summarized in one word – disappointing. After five years and $15 million, the final state EIS is disappointing because it appears the state […]

Act Rationally, Not Rashly, Following Shipping Accidents

Post date: July 15, 2016

Morning Consult, Mark Chubb, 7/15/16 The recent oil train crash in Oregon has renewed calls for a ban on shipping crude by rail.  But while calling for a ban on oil rail shipments might make for good politics, the reality is that such a ban is so impractical that proposals to do so are dead […]

Editorial: Renewing overdue bids would refuel economy

Post date: July 27, 2015

The Spokesman-Review, July 24, 2015 – An overdue bid to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund could be the vehicle for renewal of the Export-Import Bank charter. Refueling both would boost the economy. Absent congressional action, the trust fund, which finances the maintenance of crumbling highways and bridges, runs out of money July 31. The House, which […]

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Tacoma’s Decision on Tideflats Will Impact Future Investment

Post date: August 14, 2017

  Last year, plans to bring a methanol plant to Tacoma were cancelled, costing the city a $3.6 billion investment. Sound familiar? All over Washington, worthwhile developments in our state’s energy infrastructure are being delayed and ultimately given up on as a result of lengthy reviews and opposition from special interest groups. Now, as Puget […]

Increase Economic Potential by Supporting Infrastructure Projects

Post date: August 4, 2017

Washington plays a unique role in the Northwest economy. The state’s deep-water and inland waterway ports and geographic location make Washington a natural gateway for U.S. consumer goods, agricultural products, and raw materials headed overseas as well as a wide array of imported parts, equipment, and resources critical to the American manufacturing sector. But these […]

Coal, oil train ban: Ballot consequences ‘are immense’

Post date: July 21, 2017

Spokane radio listeners had the chance Tuesday to learn a little more about a ballot measure that could dramatically alter the future of rail exports in the Inland Northwest. The measure, known as Proposition 1, would ban rail shipments of coal and oil through the city of Spokane. Rail car carriers would be subject to […]

In Focus: Vancouver Energy

Post date: June 22, 2017

Last week, you may have read the profile on Vancouver Energy from Mike Richards at Lens. The project, a joint effort by Tesoro and Savage, would create an oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver USA. Operation of the terminal would represent a major step toward increasing U.S. energy security, potentially replacing 30 percent of foreign crude oil used […]

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Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council Approves Resolution in Support of Vancouver Energy Terminal

Post date: August 14, 2017

Project hailed as ‘a bridge to Washington’s energy future’ TACOMA — Citing the need for more family-wage jobs in Southwest Washington, members of the state’s largest private union for building and construction trade workers passed a resolution in support of the Vancouver Energy terminal at the Port of Vancouver USA. The resolution was approved Aug. […]

Spokane City Council Sends Controversial Rail Measure to Ballot

Post date: July 25, 2017

Proposed ban on fossil fuels traveling through city is illegal, unconstitutional SPOKANE — Contrary to federal law and ignoring the advice of two different legal and policy advisers, the Spokane City Council moved forward with a controversial ballot measure banning the transport of coal and oil by rail through the city. By a vote of […]

Spokane City Council Sends Rail Measure for Signature Verification

Post date: June 27, 2017

Measure to ban fossil fuels by rail another step closer to Nov. 7 ballot SPOKANE — Despite strong public testimony against the initiative, the Spokane City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to send a ballot measure banning rail transport of coal and oil through the city to the auditor for signature verification. Once verified, the […]

Proposed Spokane Rail Ban Threatens Local, Regional Economy

Post date: June 12, 2017

Spokane rail ban initiative likely qualifies for the November 2017 ballot SPOKANE — A proposal deemed unenforceable — and unconstitutional — by city legal advisors to ban rail cars carrying fossil fuels through Spokane will likely appear on the November 2017 ballot, putting taxpayers on the hook for a legal fight and threatening local, state […]