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FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by The Associated Press during a review of federal documents but said it would not have changed their decision.

North Dakota to sue Washington state over new oil train rule

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by The Associated Press during a review of federal documents but said it would not have changed their decision.

May 10, 2019, 4:08pm Business

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota is preparing to sue Washington over a new Washington law requiring oil shipped by rail through that state to have more of its volatile gases removed, which supporters say would reduce the risk of explosive and potentially deadly derailments. Read story

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by The Associated Press during a review of federal documents but said it would not have changed their decision.

North Dakota, Washington at odds over oil train rules

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by The Associated Press during a review of federal documents but said it would not have changed their decision.

April 30, 2019, 11:42am Business

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota officials are pressuring the state of Washington to back off from legislation requiring oil shipped by rail to have more of its volatile gases removed, urging the governor to veto the bill and threatening a lawsuit over worries it could hamper the energy industry of the nation's No. 2 crude producer. Read story

FILE - In this June 3, 2016, file image, from video provided by KGW-TV, smoke billows from a Union Pacific train that derailed near Mosier, Ore., in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes.

APNewsBreak: U.S. miscalculated benefit of better train brakes

FILE - In this June 3, 2016, file image, from video provided by KGW-TV, smoke billows from a Union Pacific train that derailed near Mosier, Ore., in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes.

December 20, 2018, 3:57pm Latest News

BILLINGS, Mont. — President Donald Trump's administration miscalculated the potential benefits of putting better brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it scrapped an Obama-era rule over cost concerns, The Associated Press has found. Read story

Responders monitoring oil spill on Columbia River

October 25, 2018, 9:27am Business

KALAMA — State and federal officials are responding to an oil spill on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. Read story

An oil train waits to move westbound in Vancouver.

Herrera Beutler introduces bill to reinstate oil-train safety rules

An oil train waits to move westbound in Vancouver.

October 22, 2018, 9:24pm Business

Making good on an earlier pledge, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, introduced legislation to reinstate safety regulations for oil trains. Read story

Environmentalists Alona and Don Steinke canvass the Carter Park neighborhood to inform voters of Initiative 1631, a ballot measure that would price carbon. The Steinkes have become prominent activists in the region’s environmental community.

Fueling a movement: Don Steinke gathers 2,444 signatures for I-1631

Environmentalists Alona and Don Steinke canvass the Carter Park neighborhood to inform voters of Initiative 1631, a ballot measure that would price carbon. The Steinkes have become prominent activists in the region’s environmental community.

October 8, 2018, 6:01am Clark County News

Local activist devotes his energy to fighting climate change Read story

An oil train waits to move westbound in Vancouver.

Herrera Beutler pledges to reinstate Obama-era oil train rules

An oil train waits to move westbound in Vancouver.

September 27, 2018, 5:46pm Clark County Business

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, pledged Thursday to take action toward reinstating an Obama-era regulation that worked to prevent oil train explosions. Read story

Port of Vancouver CEO Julianna Marler addresses the crowd Tuesday at the grand opening ceremony of the West Vancouver Freight Access project.

Port, pols celebrate West Vancouver Freight Access project

Port of Vancouver CEO Julianna Marler addresses the crowd Tuesday at the grand opening ceremony of the West Vancouver Freight Access project.

July 31, 2018, 9:05pm Business

Port of Vancouver administrators, along with political and industry leaders, stood atop a small stage in a largely vacant marine terminal Tuesday morning to celebrate the completion of the $251 million West Vancouver Freight Access project. Read story

The Port of Vancouver's 218-acre Terminal 5 was the proposed site for the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal.

Vancouver port to pay $500K to settle open meetings lawsuit

The Port of Vancouver's 218-acre Terminal 5 was the proposed site for the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal.

June 14, 2018, 5:32pm Business

The Port of Vancouver has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit wherein it admitted to violating open meetings laws while commissioners debated a lease for an oil terminal. Read story

Port of Vancouver commissioners Don Orange, from left, Eric LaBrant and Jerry Oliver voted Tuesday to move up the end date for the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal lease from March 31 to Wednesday.

Vancouver port commission moves to end oil terminal lease immediately

Port of Vancouver commissioners Don Orange, from left, Eric LaBrant and Jerry Oliver voted Tuesday to move up the end date for the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal lease from March 31 to Wednesday.

February 27, 2018, 5:00pm Business

The Port of Vancouver and Vancouver Energy, who wanted to build the nation’s largest rail-to-marine oil terminal at the port, mutually agreed to end the company’s lease Wednesday, a month early. Vancouver Energy will donate its $100,000 March lease payment to local nonprofits. Read story