SPOKANE, Wash. -- The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to regulate the trains that carry crude oil through the city of Spokane. The resolution passed calls for more studies of oil trains and protections for the city.
In September of 2012, one train a day started carrying crude oil from North Dakota to Spokane. Council president Ben Stuckart said that number will increase to 11 trains when transfer stations are completed on the west side of the state.
The City Council’s vote will force the federal government to include Spokane in its environmental impact statement.
“It also calls on the federal government to update their regulations on how it's traveling and the means that it's traveling, and we're also agreeing with the state legislature that there should be disclosure, “said Stuckart.
Stuckart also said one the reasons he has championed the resolution is because in 2013 alone, there had been more train oil spills the previous four decades combined.