New committee to examine rules around oil by rail

SALEM, Ore. (AP) Oregon has created a new committee to clarify the state's rules around rail transport of hazardous materials, including crude oil.

State officials hope to figure out how much information they can legally require railways to disclose.

Last month, Governor John Kitzhaber released a review of oil train safety that called for an increase in state rail inspectors, more funding for training, and improved reporting and transparency.

It also found the Oregon Department of Transportation should update rules to ensure that first responders have the information they need in order to respond appropriately.

The review was ordered following an increase in the amount of crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota that's being transported in Oregon.

The committee's first meeting is on Tuesday; it's open to the public.

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