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Thu December 12, 2013

Opponents Dominate Spokane Oil Train Hearing

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A proposal to ship North Dakota crude oil by train to Vancouver mostly drew opponents to a public hearing Wednesday night in Spokane.

Most of the 75 people at the state hearing cited risks of train derailments, spills or fires as well as global climate change from using oil.

The Spokesman-Review reports the proposed terminal at the Port of Vancouver could result in up to four oil trains a day passing through Spokane.

Supporters say the terminal is needed because there's no major oil pipeline on the route. The oil would be shipped from the Port of Vancouver to refineries on the West Coast.

The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council is reviewing the Tesoro-Savage proposal. Others are proposed and Washington refineries already are receiving oil shipments by train.

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