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Railroads seek to limit public info on oil trains

Railroads seek to limit public info on oil trains

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SEATTLE, Wash. – Two railroad companies don’t want the public to know the details of oil shipments through the state of Washington.

But a spokesman with the state Emergency Response Commission says restricting that information isn’t consistent with the state’s public record law.

So the state has not signed the confidentiality agreements the railroad companies are seeking.

In the wake of several oil train accidents, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring railroads by Friday to notify state officials about the volume, frequency and county-by-county routes of trains carrying large Bakken crude oil shipments.

BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad last Friday asked the state to limit the “security sensitive” information to emergency planning and response groups.

The state made plans last month to post that data online.

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