House passes bill aimed at oil train safety

House passes bill aimed at oil train safety


AP News

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A measure aimed at addressing potential risks as more crude oil is shipped by rail into the state has cleared the House.

House Bill 2347 passed early Tuesday on a 57-37 vote and now heads to the Senate.

Environmental groups supported the bill, saying it would provide more transparency about the movement of oil through communities.

The measure authorizes the state Department of Ecology to come up with new rules requiring tug escorts for oil tankers entering Grays Harbor and the Columbia River.

The bill was amended to limit when the agency would have the authority to make those rules.

The bill also would require refineries and other facilities that receive oil shipments by vessels or rail cars to submit transit data to Ecology.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Popular pumpkin patch calling it quits


In business for 25 years

in National

Fed official still looking at 2015 rate hike


A voting member of the Federal Reserve's policy committee says he believes the economy is on a satisfactory track and an increase in interest rates is likely to be appropriate in either October or December.

in Local Sports

Mariners fire Lloyd McClendon after 2 seasons


New GM Jerry Dipoto reportedly wants his own guy

in Local Sports

Volleyball, girls soccer and boys tennis results

kpug prep high school

Ferndale and Sehome volleyball teams sweep their way to wins

in Sports

NFL: Week 5 can’t miss games


Here's five games you'll want to watch in Week 5 of the NFL season.