November 29, 2015

Oil train safety legislation passes in Wash. state


OLYMPIA, Wash. – State lawmakers gave final approval April 24 to a bill meant to increase oil train safety. The bill was taken up in response to the uptick in oil train traffic in the region. It directs oil taxes to help pay for oil-train spill response. It also imposes public disclosure requirements for railroad [...]

Wash. House passes its version of oil-transport bill


The state House on April 14 passed its version of a bill that would impose new safety regulations on oil shipped through Washington by rail, boat and pipeline. The modified version of a bill that cleared the Senate in March passed the House with a 58-40 bipartisan vote. Read the complete story at the Seattle [...]

Washington House passes railroad crew van bill


OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington House of Representatives voted 84-14 March 10 to pass Rep. Derek Stanford’s (D – Bothell) bill to strengthen safety regulations for the transportation of railroad workers to and from work. Prior to 1977, railroad companies operated van services to transport railroad employees between various work locations throughout the state. The [...]

Train-crew bill progressing in Washington state


OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s Republican-controlled Senate could set a national precedent with a bill passed Monday night (March 9) that would require up to two railroad workers in the rear of trains carrying crude oil and other hazardous cargo. Currently, BNSF Railway, the largest freight hauler in Washington, is not required to carry rear brakeman [...]

Crude-by-rail safety reports released in N.Y., Wash.


The Washington Department of Ecology on Monday delivered a report to state legislators outlining key recommendations to improve public safety in response to the rapid increase of crude-by-rail shipments through the state. The Washington Legislature requested the study due to recent changes in how crude is transported through rail corridors and waterways. The “Marine and [...]

BNSF to invest $235M in Washington state

BNSF Railroad will invest $235 million in its system in Washington state this year, nearly double the amount invested in 2013. This suggests that the company is continuing to upgrade a system that supported $28.5 billion in state economic activity, according to a study released Monday. Read the complete story at Puget Sound Business Journal.

Limiting oil-train info violates law, state tells railroads

Two railroad companies want to prevent the public from getting details about oil shipments through Washington state, information the federal government ordered be given to state emergency managers after several oil-train accidents. But restricting such information violates the state’s public-records law, so the state has not signed documents from the rail companies seeking confidentiality, said [...]

Court rules to overturn NLRB union poster rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and their ruling that workplaces must display posters about union organizing, bargaining and protests. The law would have insisted that more than six million private employers post a “notification of employee rights.” The one-page poster was to include basic rights [...]