BNSF 3 oil trains a week in Oregon

first_imgPORTLAND — Two railroads ran a total of three oil train cars per week through Oregon’s most populous county, a disclosure railroad companies fought to keep from public release.Documents released Thursday also show the rail lines are capable of moving nine trains per day through the state.The records, which show how much crude oil from the Northern Rockies was carried by train car through Oregon, were released after a monthlong battle over the records between media outlets that requested it and Oregon public officials, who said the material was protected by federal law. The records show BNSF Railway moved three oil train cars through Multnomah County in the first and second week of June, and those cars continued north to Columbia County.The records were provided to the U.S. Department of Transportation after the agency issued an emergency order requiring railroads to notify state officials about the volume, frequency and county-by-county routes of trains carrying 1 million or more gallons of crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada.BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the company has taken flak for its transport of oil, but he said the company is merely moving a consumer good that’s in high demand and has no say in what it transports.last_img read more