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Oregon oil train terminal could be fined

CLATSKANIE (AP) — Oregon has proposed a $117,000 fine for an oil train terminal near Clatskanie for shipping more crude than permitted.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday that Global Partners violated state law by moving more oil than allowed. The Oregonian reports oil trains are still allowed to roll through Portland while the company updates its permit.

Global Partners has contested the violation and plans to appeal.

The terminal called the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery began as an ethanol fuel facility, but it went out of business in 2009. In 2012 it started shipping crude oil from North Dakota.

The terminal is now seeking a permit that would allow it to move 1.8 billion gallons of oil annually, enough to handle 50 trains per month.


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