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State lawmakers tackle oil train safety, debate taxing every barrel of oil moved by rail

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February 26, 2015 | Q13 Fox| OLYMPIA — Last week’s dramatic oil train explosion in West Virginia has given increased urgency to preventing a similar calamity in Washington state.

On Tuesday, lawmakers in Olympia debated a 10-cents-a-barrel tax on all oil transported by train in Washington.

The $7 million per year would fund more railroad inspectors to help avoid derailments.  Money would also go to emergency response in case a catastrophe does happen.

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