News

Judge in Seattle allows coal train case to proceed

Judge in Seattle allows coal train case to proceed

Photo: clipart.com

AP News

SEATTLE, Wash. –  A federal judge in Seattle has allowed a lawsuit over coal trains to proceed against BNSF Railway.

Seven environmental groups sued BNSF last summer, alleging it violated the law by allowing rail cars to spill coal and other pollutants into waterways.

U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour on Wednesday denied BNSF’s motion to dismiss.

The company had argued the groups didn’t give sufficient notice and didn’t have proper standing to sue.

Trains currently carry coal from the Rockies through Spokane, Seattle and along the Columbia River Gorge to an export terminal in British Columbia.

More are expected if coal-export terminals are built at Cherry Point and Longview.

A similar lawsuit against BNSF is pending in federal court in Yakima.

In January, a federal judge also denied the railroad company’s motion to dismiss that suit.

 

Recent Headlines

in Music

Rolling Stones planning career xhibition

Fresh
rollingstones

The veteran band will display dozens of items from their past, including instruments, personal diaries, and audio and video tracks for the special project, titled "Exhibitionism."

in Viral Videos

Alex Trebek raps the ‘Fresh Prince’ theme song on ‘Jeopardy!’

Fresh
14-overlay

The "Jeopardy!" host has skills ... "smell ya later!"

in Music

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey aren’t fighting

Fresh
thewho

The rockers' notoriously fiery friendship has never been better.

in Sports

Federer and Kvitova feast on Wimbledon starters

Fresh
wimbledon

The King of Cool began his quest for an eighth title.

in Sports

Chicago ships Saad to Columbus

Fresh
saad

The Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Saad as part of a seven-player deal.

Bellingham Traffic