Local Leaders Respond to Spokane Energy Ordinance

A proposed ordinance by the Spokane City Council would make rail transport of oil and coal illegal within the city. The measure prompted a response from the group Keep Washington Competitive, who warned that the Spokane City Council’s proposal would severely hurt local jobs. An excerpt: “Rail is the lifeblood for our members, who depend

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BNSF & Crude-By-Rail Safety

John Lovenburg, Vice President — Environmental for BNSF, recently penned this guest column in the Olympian on our commitment to safety. Rail industry works hard to improve safety Rail transport is vital to Washington’s economy — $28.5 billion each year in positive economic impact, according to a recent study by the Washington Council on International

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How are Tracks Inspected?

We are continuously investing in new technologies and infrastructure to reduce risk. We also inspect our tracks more frequently than we’re required to. Most BNSF routes that carry hazardous materials are inspected up to four times weekly — more than twice than Federal Railroad Administration requirements. The busiest main lines, like the route through the

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Investing in Washington

BNSF is investing nearly $220 million in Washington this year. Our plan is focused on maintenance projects that ensure we continue operating a safe and reliable network and support growing customer demand. The largest component of this year’s capital plan in the state will be replacing and upgrading rail, rail ties and ballast. Regular maintenance

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Meet Justin Piper

BNSF’s Northwest hazardous materials team, led by director Justin Piper, works tirelessly to ensure the railroad ships commodities such as crude oil safely, and trains first responders on how to respond to incidences. This video is part of BNSF’s “Making Connections” video series, a behind-the-scenes look at BNSF employees in the Pacific Northwest who are

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