- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The uptick in oil trains traveling on the Tacoma Rail includes the recent arrival of a Union Pacific oil train that was missing six cars due to a derailment in Mosier, Oregon.

The News Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/23iB46c) the 132 oil trains to take the route in 2015 is higher than in the two years prior.

The first part of 2016 shows a 31-percent uptick from the same period in 2015.

Rail superintendent Dale King and U.S. Oil official Marcia E. Nielsen say safety is a priority as Tacoma’s role grows in the oil train industry.

Oregon transportation officials asked the Federal Rail Administration for an oil train moratorium.



Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a letter that federal law updated in 2015 does not do enough to address safety.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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