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Gov. Kitzhaber oil train safety report sees statewide problems

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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Oregon governor released a review urging the state to institute a fee on rail cars moving oil and other hazardous material to fund oil train safety preparedness.

The report, the culmination of a five-month, top-to-bottom review of oil train readiness Kitzhaber ordered in February, shows Oregon has a lot to do before it can claim to be prepared for oil trains already crossing the state.

But on the review's key point -- finding the money to pay for needed fixes -- the governor stopped well short of offering concrete details. His review concludes that Oregon should "consider" a per-barrel fee on crude oil arriving by rail in the state. Just how much? It doesn't say.

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