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Competing bills to address safety of oil transport

February 10, 2014 • Business


FILE — In this June 20, 2013 file photo, black tank cars used to transport crude oil from North Dakota are parked among other rail traffic at a train yard in Tacoma, Wash. Washington lawmakers on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, are considering competing measures that try to address safety issues surrounding the increased number of crude oil trains moving throughout the state. The Senate Ways and Means Committee is taking testimony on a mostly Republican-backed bill. Meanwhile, the House Appropriations Committee is hearing another measure, favored by environmentalists. (AP Photo/Tacoma News Tribune, Lui Kit Wong, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington lawmakers on Monday considered competing measures that try to address potential risks as more crude oil is shipped by rail into the state.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard testimony on a mostly Republican-backed bill that would study the safety of transporting oil and hazardous materials by train, including reviewing gaps in local, state and federal oil-spill response.

Meanwhile, the House Appropriations Committee took testimony on a competing Democratic-sponsored bill that is favored by environmental groups who say it provides more transparency and calls for more immediate Login to read more

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