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

Proposed Oil Train Rules: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

What new federal standards will do and what they won't.

Video: The Northwest’s “Bomb Trains”

VICE News takes an in-depth look at oil trains running through Cascadia.

Oil Train Derails in Seattle

Loaded train off the rails under Magnolia Bridge.

A Move to Ban the Most Dangerous Oil Trains

Environmental law group petitions regulators to follow safety recommendations.

Industry To Feds: We Will Keep Using Old Unsafe Tank Cars For Three More Years, or Longer If We Feel Like It

Ignoring safety reports, oil train industry tries to roll regulators.

The Dirt on Tesoro

A new report shows Tesoro is a bad neighbor to Northwest communities.

What Have We Learned Since Lac-M├ęgantic?

An industry in denial, a region at risk.

Event: Sightline on Oil Trains in Anacortes

A community forum to answer your crude-by-rail questions.

Recent Coal Export Trends: Q1 2014

Coal shipments down nationally, up in the West, led by California.

The Bursting of the Bakken Bubble?

It's time for a federal Emergency Order.