Category Archives: Rail

Safety is our top priority

The Vancouver Energy crude-oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver USA is committed to public safety and environmental protection in transportation, operations and every other aspect of the project.
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Terminal is a key piece of Port’s future plans

The Vancouver Energy terminal will be a key piece of the Port’s future as an economic engine for the region. The terminal will generate $22 million in state and local taxes during construction and, once operational, $7.8 million in state and local taxes each year. The Port itself would receive $44 million a year in revenue.
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Rail safety a top priority, officials say

Railroad representatives and Spokane public safety officials focused on rail safety, emergency response plans and how to best mitigate against accidents or spills during a recent Greater Spokane Inc. meeting.
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Wash. has $190B in capital needs

A new report says Washington has $190 billion in infrastructure needs, including $2 billion for freight rail and $5.3 billion for marine ports. The Vancouver Energy terminal will be an important addition for the state’s port infrastructure and will also bring about major improvements to the rail network.
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BNSF completes projects in SW Washington

More details have emerged about the $175 million in capital expenditures that BNSF Railway plans to spend in Washington this year. That number is second only to Texas and Illinois in the company’s expenditure plans.
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BNSF invests in Washington

BNSF recently announced that its 2017 capital expenditures include $175 million for Washington, second only to Texas and Illinois. The money will go toward replacing and upgrading rail lines, new safety measures and new equipment.
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Terminal meets Tri-Cities community

Dan Riley, Vice President of Government Affairs for Tesoro, met with employers, community leaders and elected officials this week as the speaker at a Pasco Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Keep Washington Competitive was there with more details.
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Survey shows support for crude by rail

A new survey from G2 Public Strategies shows that a majority of Washington voters support shipping crude oil by rail and believe that shipping products by rail is safe. Most Washington voters also support making the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil, according to the survey. Go here for the survey’s full results.
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Supporters make the case for terminal

The 5-week adjudication proceedings concluded today, with closing arguments from attorneys in the morning and comment from members of the public in the afternoon. During public comment, a long list of small business owners, local residents, labor leaders, maritime experts and other business leaders spoke in favor of Vancouver Energy.
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BNSF invests in safety

The trains transporting oil to the proposed Vancouver Energy terminal will travel on tracks owned, maintained and operated by BNSF Railway. The rail company has a commitment to safety that goes above and beyond federal standards, as described in a recent op-ed in the Olympian.
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Terminal meets need, creates jobs

Economic need and economic impact were discussed at today’s adjudication proceedings. Experts and Tesoro representatives provided testimony on the economic need and economic impact of the Vancouver Energy terminal.
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Chief testifies on Mosier incident

Testimonies during adjudication proceedings by Jim Appleton, Fire Chief in Mosier, Ore., and Robert Chipkevich, railroad industry expert, covered Vancouver Energy's emergency response and commitment to DOT-177 rail cars.
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Experts tout terminal benefits

More than 20 experts cover topics that include engineering, economics, marine science, rail safety and logistics testifying in favor of the project in the first phase of adjudicative proceedings of the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) held in Vancouver and Olympia.
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Terminal adds to U.S. energy future

Witnesses covered rail safety and safety procedures at the terminal during adjudication proceedings, marking the final day of testimony on behalf of Vancouver Energy and project supporters.
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BNSF, terminal focus on rail safety

Experts state during adjudication proceedings that BNSF Railway and Vancouver Energy make rail safety a priority.
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Terminal will meet growing demand

Brad Roach, senior director for market analysis and senior economist at Tesoro, led the testimony at the first adjudication proceeding for Vancouver Energy. He was the first of many witnesses that will testify on behalf of Vancouver Energy and other project supporters over the first two-and-a-half weeks of the hearings.
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