Little Action In Olympia On Oil Transport Bills

SEATTLE (AP) - State Democrats and Republicans blamed each other after the legislative session ended last week with little agreement on how to deal with increasing numbers of oil trains entering Washington state. Several measures to address oil shipments by rail died as lawmakers adjourned the 60-day session. A bill that would charge a 5-cent per barrel tax on crude oil arriving into the state by rail died last week. A resolution calling for tougher federal standards for tank cars and a bill aimed at ensuring that state laws on oil spill and response cover oil from Canadian tar sands also failed to make it out. Budget writers, however, included $300,000 in the supplemental budget that passed last week for the Department of Ecology to conduct a study.

March 17, 2014