KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
WASHINGTON STATE – Washington State Department of Ecology officials have new concerns about trains that carry crude oil to refineries after last week’s devastating oil train explosion at a small town in Quebec.
Curt Hart with the department says crude oil shipments by rail are new in Washington and the system for responding to oil spills needs to be updated.
Hart says an oil train derailment could harm the environment and the local economy.
The state is working with rail companies to come up with new strategies for dealing with a possible derailment.
The Tesoro refinery in Anacortes is one of two refineries in Washington that currently takes in shipments of crude oil by rail.
Both refineries in Whatcom County are currently building new facilities to accept oil trains in the near future.