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. Find his full bio here. Email: eric [at] sightline [dot] org.

Eric's Posts

Sightline on Kinder Morgan and Columbia River Energy Schemes

Recommended listening—and reading—on Northwest coal and oil plans.

How Tesoro Manipulates Washington State Politics

Oil company needs Gov. Inslee's blessing but spends big opposing him.

How Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton Made Oil Trains Less Safe

Are lives worth more than oil-by-rail industry costs?

Oil Trains: The Industry Speaks for Itself

A record of denial and deceit, in photos.

Regulating Coal Hazards in Seward, Alaska, and Beyond

What a coal terminal means for a community.

What Do Oil Train Explosions Cost?

And why cities and towns would have to pay the damages.

What is Xylene, and What Does it Mean for Puget Sound?

A chemical you've never heard of is bound for Washington's waters.

The Facts about Kinder Morgan

New Sightline report reveals pattern of pollution, law-breaking, and cover-ups.

What Happened When a Hazardous Substance Train Derailed on a Puget Sound Beach

True story from 2011 raises questions about railroad's ability to manage oil trains.

Can Mining and Salmon Coexist?

Bristol Bay, Pebble Mine, and the EPA’s proposal.