Sightline Series

The Northwest's Pipeline on Rails

Since 2012, nearly a dozen plans have emerged to ship large quantities of crude oil by train to Northwest refineries and port terminals. This would be a major change for the Northwest’s energy economy, yet so far, the proposals have largely escaped notice. This series begins with a report that is the first comprehensive, region-wide review of all the oil-by-rail projects planned or currently operating in the Pacific Northwest, and it proceeds with updates on and analysis of their development.

For analysis of the traffic impacts of oil and coal trains in communities throughout the Northwest, see the series “The Wrong Side of the Tracks.”

Posts on The Northwest's Pipeline on Rails

49. How State Public Money Pays for Coal Exports and Oil Trains

Tracking public fund investments in fossil fuel projects.

48. Canada vs. the USA on Oil Train Standards

Who is number one?

47. EVENTS: Coal & Oil Trains in Bellingham, Everett

Two public panel discussions on Northwest fossil fuel exports.

46. Warren Buffett Really Likes Oil Trains

Despite the explosions.

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

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

44. Video: The Northwest’s “Bomb Trains”

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

43. Oil Train Derails in Seattle

Loaded train off the rails under Magnolia Bridge.

42. A Move to Ban the Most Dangerous Oil Trains

Environmental law group petitions regulators to follow safety recommendations.

41. 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.

40. The Dirt on Tesoro

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