Washington residents rail against oil shipments

June 17, 2014 • Business

During a public hearing concerning the safety of the transportation of bulk crude oil by railroad, State Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, listens to public testimony from Katie Evans on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in the Council Chambers of Spokane City Hall in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo, The Spokesman-Review/Colin Mulvany) COEUR D’ALENE PRESS OUT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Numerous speakers told a state Senate committee Tuesday that they oppose the rapid increase in railcars carrying crude oil from the Bakken fields of North Dakota and Montana through the state.

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee met in Spokane, a major railroad hub for the northern United States, to take testimony on a bill that seeks to improve the safety of those oil shipments.

But nearly all the members of the public who spoke attacked the measure as too friendly to the oil and railroad industries.

Numerous people referred to last year’s explosion of a rail car in Quebec, Canada, that killed 47 people, and worried that Login to read more

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