The dramatic spike in production at the Bakken oil fields has led to an increase of crude oil shipments by rail that hasn’t been seen in decades. Some of those trains are coming through the Skagit Valley on the way to two oil refineries in Anacortes. The increase in train traffic has increased the number of accidents and spills, and has raised safety concerns both locally and nationally. Below is some of our coverage on the topic. The newest stories appear at the top.

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Skagit County Planning and Development and the state Department of Ecology are working together on an environmental impact statement for Shell…

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ANACORTES — Government leaders and emergency response officials met Wednesday night to discuss oil train safety and emergency preparedness in …

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As the number of trains carrying Bakken crude oil through Skagit County has grown, so has concern over rail safety and potential environmental…

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A 110-car-long oil train makes its way Wednesday, July 30, 2014, toward March Point in Anacortes along Highway 20 near Fredonia. Scott Terrell…

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MOUNT VERNON — The controversy over the growing number of crude oil shipments by rail in Skagit County took a new direction Tuesday when the t…

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A former Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway employee who worked on a North Dakota oil train that exploded in 2013 is suing BNSF for violatin…

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Shirley Yap is the new site general manager for the Shell Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes. She started the job at the beginning of March.

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ANACORTES — Several boats carrying crews clad in neon orange Tuesday morning dropped what looked like mustard-yellow buoy lines in Fidalgo Bay…

Shell Oil Co. filed a lawsuit Monday in Skagit County Superior Court against Skagit County and County Hearing Examiner Wick Dufford, seeking a…

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Attempts to improve oil transportation safety measures are continuing at state and federal levels, while an Anacortes refinery is seeking to a…

Protesters blocked the train tracks in Anacortes near the Tesoro Refinery on Monday, July 28, 2014, to demonstrate against delivery of Bakken …

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MOUNT VERNON — They were nurses, teachers, waitresses, artists and students. Two were younger than 10 years old, and others were in their 70s.

A line of tanker cars travels the rail alongside Highway 20 heading east from Anacortes Wednesday morning.

Carlo Voli of 350 Seattle hold the megaphone as local resident Ginny Wolff speaks at the anti oil train rally Wednesday morning in front of th…

In this mobile phone photo provided by Charles Peters, smoke rises after several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed on Wednesday, Apr…

Protesters gather outside the Skagit County Courthouse on Wednesday before a Northwest Clean Air Agency hearing on Shell Puget Sound Refinery'…

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MOUNT VERNON — An environmental impact statement will not be required from Shell Oil Products as the permit review for its Anacortes refinery’…

A Skagit Transit bus waits at a railroad crossing in Mount Vernon in March 2014.

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ANACORTES — Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery on March Point is moving closer to building a rail offloading facility for crude oil from North Dakot…

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ANACORTES — In an effort to keep up with competing refineries rapidly turning to North Dakota’s Bakken formation as a major source of crude oi…

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