first_imgSPOKANE — Last year, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota chugged across Eastern Washington en route to a Puget Sound refinery.The oil train was the first for the region, but oil shipments through Spokane could become common in the future.The state of Washington has received a flurry of applications for terminals that would accept crude oil shipped by rail from North Dakota’s booming shale-oil fields. The crude oil would be refined in the Northwest or loaded onto tankers for other West Coast destinations.Many of the oil trains would pass through Spokane on their way to Western Washington, including the Port of Vancouver. For Jon Snyder, a Spokane city councilman, that raises questions about spills and public safety, particularly in light of the July derailment of an unattended oil train in Quebec that caused an explosion killing 47 people.“With so many people living and working by the (Spokane rail) viaduct, it’s important to know all the potential impacts,” said Snyder, who also cited delays at rail crossings from increased train traffic as a concern.State officials will hold a public meeting from 6to 9 p.m. today in Spokane Valley to discuss the largest of seven proposed oil terminals — the Tesoro-Savage project at the Port of Vancouver. The terminal would receive up to 380,000 gallons of oil daily. Estimated traffic through Spokane from the facility is four oil trains daily, each 100 to 110 cars long.Wednesday’s meeting was scheduled after requests from Snyder and City Council members Ben Stuckart and Amber Waldref, the Spokane Riverkeeper and other environmental groups.last_img read more

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