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Ethanol plant ships oil
PORTLAND (AP) — An ethanol plant on the Columbia River that was built with the help of $36 million in Oregon state loans and tax credits is now being used to store and ship crude oil from North Dakota. The Oregonian reports the plant’s switch came with little public notice. It was built at a cost of $200 million for Cascade Grain at the Port of St. Helens’ Port Westward Industrial park near Clatskanie. The owner filed for bankruptcy in 2009, less than a year after startup. It produced little ethanol and is mothballed except for the storage tanks. Global Partners LP of Massachusetts bought the plant in February and renamed it the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery. It takes oil that arrives by train from North Dakota’s Bakken oil field.

Ethanol plant ships oil PORTLAND (AP) — An ethanol plant on the Columbia River that was built with the help of $36 million in Oregon state loans and tax credits is now being used to store and ship crude oil from North Dakota. The Oregonian reports the plant’s switch came with little public notice. It was built at a cost of $200 million for Cascade Grain at the Port of St. Helens’ Port Westward Industrial park near Clatskanie. The owner filed for bankruptcy in 2009, less than a year after startup. It produced little ethanol and is mothballed except for the storage tanks. Global Partners LP of Massachusetts bought the plant in February and renamed it the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery. It takes oil that arrives by train from North Dakota’s Bakken oil field. Associated Press

Railroad defends loading of logs

LEBANON (AP) — A federal judge has urged Linn County and a railroad to settle a lawsuit over a log-loading operation that opened in October in an unincorporated community near Albany.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reported that residents of Crabtree complained about noise and traffic at the facility. It’s on a former mill site that had been idle for decades while a rural community grew up around it.

The county said the site wasn’t zoned for a heavy industrial use such as transferring logs to rail cars.The Albany & Eastern Railroad said federal law pre-empts the county’s zoning ordinances. Its lawyer, Myles Tobin of Chicago, said Judge Ann Aiken concluded it was likely the railroad would win and urged the two sides to settle the suit.

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