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Should shipments of oil by rail be kept secret from the public?

(Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer, June 4, 2014)

SEATTLE — The nation’s railroads were told last week by the U.S. Department of Transportation that they must notify state emergency management officials about the volume, frequency and county-by-county routes used in cross country shipment of volatile North Dakota crude oil. But a hitch has developed in Washington, where refineries at Anacortes and Cherry Point north of Bellingham are increasingly relying on oil by rail. In its order, the Department of Transportation, siding with the railroads, said the information ought to be kept secret from the public.

Full story: www.seattlepi.com

Thursday, June 05, 2014

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