Newly released documents show that three trains are hauling oil from North Dakota each week to a Columbia River shipping terminal in northwestern Oregon.
BNSF Railway moves 15 or more trains per week of crude oil through 10 different counties in Washington, according to railroad notifications made public Tuesday.
The Northwest's two main freight rail operators are complying with a federal requirement to inform states about the North Dakota crude oil they're hauling -- but they want the states to keep the public from finding out by signing for non-disclosure agreements.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture investigates pesticide use in the state of Oregon. Its program manager says its biggest enforcement challenge is Oregon's public records law, followed by communication with other agencies and with the public.
Farmers across the country are hoping Congress will soon pass a new Farm Bill. One version is drawing concern from open government groups because it would limit access to information about agricultural pollution.
Public documents reveal concerns raised by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the not-so-distant past about how transporting coal by rail could pollute sensitive wetlands in the Northwest.