Sightline Author

Eric de Place

Eric de Place: Policy director, has investigated a wide range of research topics for Sightline, from property rights in Oregon, to regional climate policies. Before coming to Sightline, he worked for the Northwest Area Foundation developing strategies to alleviate poverty in rural communities. Email: eric [at] sightline [dot] org.

Eric's Posts

Northwest Region Averaging Nine Freight Train Derailments Per Month

Mapping freight train mishaps over the last two-and-a-half years.

Leader of Conservation Group to Become Coal Export President

Bill Chapman wants even more coal money.

CIT Group, Not CSX, Owner of Lynchburg Oil Tank Cars

Financial holding company with checkered past behind Lynchburg oil train fire.

New “Safer” Tank Cars Were Involved in Lynchburg, VA, Oil Train Fire

Aerial footage of derailment raises more concerns about oil shipments.

May 2014: Updated Oil-By-Rail Analysis

New accounting of oil-by-rail shows more than 850 million barrels per day in region.

Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire in Virginia

Yet another oil train blows up; a warning for the Northwest.

Events: Sightline on Regional Fossil Fuel Activism

Panel discussions on the Northwest in a changing energy landscape.

PR Firm WA2 Advocates Takes Coal Money

Tony Williams and Jeff Bjornstad paid to promote coal exports.

Gov. Inslee Hires Coal Lobbyist to Direct Policy Office

Controversial hire raises questions about coal export plans in Washington.

Industry to Feds: “We Will Not Remove Any Unsafe Oil Rail Cars from Service”

What the oil industry's own numbers say about their commitment to safety.