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  1. Tank car owners sought slow fixRead the original story w/Photo

    8 hrs ago | The Columbian

    Railroad tank cars equipped with defective valves still will be allowed to transport crude oil and other hazardous materials through the end of the year, despite a March directive from federal regulators requiring their replacement within 60 days. The Federal Railroad Administration order followed a Bellingham Herald story about a leaking oil train reported in Washington in January.

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  2. Tesoro appeals violations and fine after 2010 explosionRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 17, 2015 | The Columbian

    A hearing is scheduled to start next week on Tesoro Corp.'s appeal of violations and $2.3 million fine after the 2010 explosion at its refinery in Anacortes that killed seven workers. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries says an industrial appeals judge will hear arguments starting Tuesday in Mount Vernon.

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  3. Anacortes makes water available to Skagit farmersRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 6, 2015 | The Columbian

    The city of Anacortes is making water available to seed farmers in the Skagit Valley who ran low on water because of this year's drought. The Department of Ecology says it recently processed an emergency water order allowing the city to provide water to two irrigation districts, which hold lesser claims to water.

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  4. Judge tosses Shell suit to stop environmental studyRead the original story w/Photo

    May 22, 2015 | The Columbian

    A much contested environmental impact statement on a proposed oil unloading facility in Anacortes will go forward after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Shell to stop it. The Skagit Valley Herald reported that Skagit County and Shell have been locked in battle over the proposed Shell Puget Sound Refinery since April 2014.

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  5. Judge tosses Shell suit to stop environmental impact studyRead the original story w/Photo

    May 22, 2015 | The Columbian

    A much contested environmental impact statement on a proposed oil unloading facility in Anacortes will go forward after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Shell to stop it. The Skagit Valley Herald reports that Skagit County and Shell have been locked in battle over the proposed Shell Puget Sound Refinery since April 2014.

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  6. Tesoro to upgrade its fleet of oil rail carsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 18, 2015 | The Columbian

    Tesoro Corp. said Monday it's upgrading its crude oil rail car fleet by adding 210 enhanced tank cars that exceed new standards issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this month. The announcement comes as Tesoro, a petroleum refiner, and Savage Cos., a transportation company, propose building what would be the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

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  7. Skagit County officials address oil train safety measuresRead the original story w/Photo

    May 7, 2015 | The Columbian

    Skagit County residents are looking for answers as to how the government can affect how crude oil is shipped through local cities. The Skagit Valley Herald reports that government leaders and emergency response officials met in Anacortes on Wednesday to address concerns about emergency preparedness and safety that have been raised at city council and school board meetings.

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  8. Teachers in 1-day protest walk out in 3 districtsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 23, 2015 | The Columbian

    Teachers in three Washington school districts have staged brief walkouts, calling for better pay and asking state legislators to completely fund a voter-approved initiative that would lower the number of students per class. Teachers in five other cities - Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Mount Vernon and Anacortes - plan similar half- or full-day walkouts Friday.

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  9. Washington tribe sues to block oil trains across its landRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 8, 2015 | The Columbian

    The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is suing BNSF Railway, alleging the company is violating an agreement that restricts the number of trains that can cross its reservation in northwest Washington. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court argues that a 1991 easement signed by the railway's predecessor only allows two 25-car trains each day.

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  10. Largely smooth sailing for San Juan ferry reservationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 5, 2015 | The Columbian

    Washington State Ferries recently began a reservation system to manage congestion on vessels between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands - a popular tourist destination. While there have been some complaints, the Skagit Valley Herald reports local residents say the three-tier reservation system that was implemented Dec. 2 is better than waiting for hours to get on a boat.

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  11. Rail Safety: Feds say replace defective valves on carsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 14, 2015 | The Columbian

    The Federal Railroad Administration on Friday ordered rail tank car owners to replace defective valves that cause oil to spill from moving trains and never approved for installation on thousands of tank cars. The directive applies to a 3-inch valve installed on roughly 6,000 tank cars.

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  12. Hearing examiner says Shell oil project needs full reviewRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 23, 2015 | The Columbian

    A Skagit County hearing examiner handed conservation groups a victory Monday, ruling that an oil-by-rail project at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery near Anacortes should undergo a full environmental review. "Shell's proposal is a major action significantly affecting the quality of the environment," and a full review should be prepared, Skagit County Hearing Examiner Wick Dufford said in Monday's ruling.

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  13. 14 leaking oil cars removed from trainRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 11, 2015 | The Columbian

    A train hauling crude oil across Idaho and Washington last month had to have 14 leaking tank cars removed at three different stops before it reached its destination at an Anacortes refinery. BNSF Railway officials said that less than 25 gallons of oil was spilled from the cars over the three-day period, but the incident remains under investigation by Washington state regulators.

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  14. Steelworkers strike at Tesoro refinery in AnacortesRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 3, 2015 | The Columbian

    Members of the United Steelworkers Union gathered in the rain outside the gates of the Tesoro refinery here Monday to strike over stalled negotiations for a new contract. The Anacortes plant was one of nine nationwide that the USW called on to strike Sunday after the union rejected the fourth contract offer, which was being negotiated by Dutch Royal Shell on behalf of companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. It was not immediately clear whether some of the affected refineries would have to shut down during the strike.

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  15. Groups oppose oil trains at Anacortes refineryRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 30, 2015 | The Columbian

    More than 70 people spoke at a hearing Thursday in Mount Vernon on plans for the Shell oil refinery at Anacortes to build a rail yard to increase the number of oil trains it handles. The Skagit Valley Herald reported most were from environmental groups who raised concerns about wetlands, traffic and the risk of spills.

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  16. Environmentalists oppose oil trains at Anacortes refineryRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 30, 2015 | The Columbian

    More than 70 people spoke at a hearing Thursday in Mount Vernon on plans for the Shell oil refinery at Anacortes to build a rail yard to increase the number of oil trains it handles. The Skagit Valley Herald reported most were from environmental groups who raised concerns about wetlands, traffic and the risk of spills.

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  17. Savage Services earns Better Workplace AwardRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 29, 2015 | The Columbian

    The recipient of the workplace safety award was Savage Services, identified in a news release as having operations in Anacortes, Blaine and Vancouver. Jeff Hymas, the Utah-based company's communications director, said the award primarily recognized the company's crude-by-rail offloading facility in Anacortes and another oil facility in Blaine.

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