- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Port of Portland says it’s not, for now, ready to be a petroleum terminal. It says there are too many questions about shipping crude oil by rail.

But the port said Tuesday it could be interested in oil if the transportation record improves.

The port released a statement in response to “numerous inquiries” about its interest in storing or transferring oil shipped to the Columbia Gorge.

It said it is also concerned about oil’s environmental effects.

The gorge has become an outlet for volatile oil from the center of the continent, where pipeline capacity is limited.

That oil contains more natural gas, such as the Bakken crude from North Dakota that has exploded in derailments in Canada and the United States - accidents the port cited.

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