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

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.

Cano Bobblehead Night or Epic Disaster in the Making?

BNSF mixes a loaded oil train with a stadium full of fans.

Sightline on Vancouver, WA Oil Train Proposal

City Council opposes monster oil train project for the community.

Risk Assessment for Railroads

How taxpayers will end up paying for the costs of a worst case oil train derailment.

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.