Jaime presses feds to study safer ways to transport oil through gorge

Jaime presses feds to study safer ways to transport oil through gorge

In the wake of the oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is pressing the U.S. Department of Transportation study ways to reduce fire and explosion risks during oil train derailments.

Herrera Beutler sent a letter to the U.S. Department Transportation this month encouraging the agency to consider breaking up long strings of oil tank cars with other cars containing non-volatile products.

“Currently, oil trains are traveling along the Columbia River Gorge, and my focus is on ensuring federal regulations are making these shipments as safely as possible,” Herrera Beutler (R-Camas) said n a press release Monday. “Long lines of oil cars are becoming a more familiar sight in our region, and if breaking them up into smaller blocks will better protect our citizens, the Columbia River and nearby forests, we should put a federal standard in place – quickly.”

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