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 Entertainment

It’s gonna cost more to rent at Redbox

redbox

Prices for renting movies and video games will increase starting next week.

in Black Friday, Viral Videos

WATCH: What ‘Black Friday’ would look like as a scary movie

20-overlay6

Black Friday would be a scary shopping experience if it got the Hollywood treatment.

in Sports

FSU remains No. 1

floridastate

Florida State remains No. 1 with Alabama No. 2, Oregon third and Mississippi State fourth.

in Entertainment

Channing Tatum going behind the camera to direct

tatum

The "Magic Mike" star is taking on an adaptation of young-adult novel "Forgive Me."

in Black Friday, Lifestyle

Turkey contest gives new meaning to ‘all you can eat’

chestnut

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has won a turkey-eating contest, setting a record by devouring an entire bird.

Bellingham Traffic