- Associated Press - Saturday, April 6, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland officials are concerned about the dozens of rail cars filled with Canadian tar sands crude oil that travel through the city.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the trains travel from Canada through the Columbia River Gorge, then wind through Portland neighborhoods.

Their destination is a terminal owned by Zenith Energy, where the oil is unloaded into storage tanks and pumped onto seagoing vessels bound for refineries and factories.

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and other city officials oppose Zenith’s activities. They say a train derailment could spill highly flammable oil onto private property or into a river, and the toxic vapors could harm human lungs and eyes.

But federal commerce protections and the state building code leave officials powerless to stop it.

Zenith says the company has a pristine safety record and takes health and environmental hazards seriously.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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