OIL TRAIN BILLS GAIN STEAM: PRESS BRIEFING & HEARING MONDAY, 3/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2017

Gorge Leaders, Public Health Advocates, Fishers and Conservationists Join Legislators to Support Oil Train Safety Legislation

WHAT:     Legislators, elected leaders from the Columbia River Gorge, physicians, and fishers will join conservation groups on Monday to hold a press briefing in support of strong legislation to bolster Oregon’s rules for oil trains and strengthen Oregon’s review process for oil terminals. In the wake of the June 3, 2016 Mosier oil train derailment, the group is concerned about major public health, safety, and environmental risks of crude oil trains.

  • House Bill 2131 (“The Mosier Act”), sponsored by Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, would address the risks of oil trains by requiring contingency planning on oil train routes, fees to build up Oregon’s oil spill fund, and proof by railroads that they carry adequate insurance to address a worst-case spill.
  • House Bill 3344, sponsored by Rep. Ken Helm, would address oil terminals themselves by allowing Oregon Department of State Lands to use a “balancing test” to evaluate whether the benefits of oil terminals outweigh their potential harm to aquatic lands. HB 3344 would also close a loophole allowing for oil terminals to be built without adequate state review, and it would ensure that taxpayers do not foot the bill for new oil train terminals.

WHEN:     Press conference: 12:30 pm, Monday, March 13, 2017.
After the press conference, a public hearing on HB 2131 and HB 3344 is scheduled at 3:00 pm, Monday, March 13, 2017 at the House Committee on Energy and Environment, Hearing Room D at the State Capitol in Salem.

WHO:     Speakers include: Arlene Burns, Mayor of Mosier; Raymond Estrada, member, Warm Springs Tribal Council; Peter Cornelison, Hood River City Council; Dr. Maria McCormick, Physician from Mosier; Rob Bignall, NW Guides and Anglers, with legislators planning to join as schedule allows.

WHERE:     Oregon Capitol, Press Conference Room, Suite 43 in the basement of the capitol building located at 900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon.

MORE INFO:
Both Washington and Oregon state legislatures have bills to put in place strong protection measures against the safety threats of oil passing through our region.

RESOURCES:


Oregonians: Act Now – Send a Letter of Support for HB 2131 & 3344

Together, we will be urging the House Committee on Energy & Environment to support these bills.

More information here.


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