2019 Environmental Scorecard for the Oregon Legislature

HB 2209

OCN Priority Bill
Oil Trains Safety

An exponential increase in oil trains on Oregon’s rails has left residents — and the environment — at risk. The threat was illustrated in June 2016 when an oil train in Mosier, OR derailed and spilled oil, causing a large fire near homes and an elementary school. HB 2209 requires railroads to plan for oil spill cleanup, subject to DEQ approval, and to establish that they have the financial wherewithal to clean up an oil spill; it requires training of first responders; and it imposes fees on the railroad industry to reimburse DEQ and the State Fire Marshal for their preparedness work related to spills from oil trains.

Yes is the pro-environment vote.
Status: Passed.
pro-environment voteanti-environment voteabsent, excusedabsent, unexcusednot availablelegislator whose score is 100%

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About the Scorecard

For more than 40 years, OLCV has protected Oregon's natural legacy. An essential part of our work is holding our elected officials accountable. The OLCV Environmental Scorecard is not only one of our most important accountability tools, but also a tradition. The first scorecard was published in 1973.

By sharing how each member of the Legislature voted on the most critical conservation bills, we help Oregonians understand whether legislators listened to their constituents, or if they listened to special interest groups instead. It also serves as a summary of environmental bills and includes special recognition of the legislative champions.