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Union Pacific resuming oil trains in Columbia River Gorge

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A fire burned in Mosier after a train derailment. Source: KPTV/Air 12 A fire burned in Mosier after a train derailment. Source: KPTV/Air 12
MOSIER, OR (AP/KPTV) -

Union Pacific plans to resume transporting oil by train through the Oregon side of the scenic Columbia River Gorge at some point this week.

It will mark the first time trains carrying barrels of crude oil will move through the area since June 3, when a train derailed near Mosier, Oregon. The fiery derailment caused 42,000 gallons of oil to spill.

The company's latest plans, announced Wednesday, stand at odds with several government and private-sector leaders in Oregon and Washington state, who say oil-by-train is too dangerous and are urging their governors, Congress and the White House to push for a moratorium on the practice.

Union Pacific defended its decision, saying its oil train operations are a federal obligation.

Union Pacific released a statement Wednesday saying the company has committed to notifying people in the Gorge when normal operations would resume, including the transporting of crude oil.

Some of the products Union Pacific transports are considered to be hazardous, including crude oil. Railroads provide the infrastructure, flexible networks and efficiency needed to move crude oil from locations where oil is recovered to customer facilities. Per federal regulation, we notify the state of Oregon that we transport crude oil trains. Crude is less than 1 percent of our total shipments through Oregon. 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation contributed to this report. 

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