SEATTLE - Hundreds of trains carrying crude oil could soon be chugging across the Northwest, bringing potential jobs and revenues but raising concerns about oil spills, increased train traffic and other issues.
With five refineries, Washington has long received crude oil from Alaska and elsewhere by ship, barges or pipelines. But ports and refineries are increasingly turning to trains to take advantage of a boom in oil from North Dakota's Bakken region.
Three terminals -- in Anacortes, Tacoma and Clatskanie, Ore. -- are already receiving crude oil by trains. Other facilities are proposed at the ports of Grays Harbor and Vancouver. The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council is reviewing a proposal for a terminal at the Port of Vancouver.
Public hearings are scheduled Monday and Tuesday in Vancouver.