BNSF’s network crosses 32 Native American reservations including in the Pacific Northwest.  The company works closely with tribes to be better prepared to respond in the unlikely event of a derailment that results in a spill.

Recently, tribal representatives and BNSF trained together near the Upriver Dam in Spokane.

“Working together with the tribes helps us better understand the important cultural and natural resources that need to be protected,” said Chris Howell, Director of Tribal Relations, BNSF Railway.  “It also gives the tribes insight into our capabilities.”