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June 16, 2017

Board affirms denial of rail expansion in the Gorge

  • Union Pacific sought a permit in 2015 to add about four miles of track.
  • By PHUONG LE
    Associated Press

    SEATTLE — An Oregon county had substantial evidence when it denied Union Pacific Railroad's proposed track expansion along the Columbia River where an oil train derailed last year, a board ruled Tuesday.

    The Columbia River Gorge Commission upheld the findings by Wasco County commissioners who cited concerns about the project's impacts on the treaty rights of Native American tribes in rejecting the railroad's application last November.


     
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