Oil train records show what Oregon tried to hide

Oil came from North Dakota to Clatskanie

According to ODOT, more than 19,000 carloads of oil came through the state in 2013 alone. (KOIN 6)
According to ODOT, more than 19,000 carloads of oil came through the state in 2013 alone. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – When Oregon officials at last released oil train routing information after a month-long public records battle, they still decided to redact certain information from the records.

But officials in neighboring Washington state had no such qualms.

The Oregonian reports that Oregon officials chose at least four redactions to the records that were available from Washington.

The records show the oil was shipped by Phillips 66 Co. from Berthold, North Dakota to the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery in Clatskanie, Oregon.

The records, which show how much crude oil from the Northern Rockies was carried by train car through Oregon, were released Thursday.

Media outlets requested them one month ago, but Oregon public officials said the material was protected by federal law until relenting this week.

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