Volatile crude oil was the cause of the disastrous 2013 train explosion in Lac Megantic, Quebec, as well as other train explosions and fires. We now know that volatile crude oil can be stabilized by removing the volatile natural gasses to a vapor pressure of below nine pounds per inch (psi), at which it is no longer volatile.
ESSB 5579 would require rail facilities to provide type and vapor pressure of oil transferred to the Department of Ecology, and prohibits a rail facility from unloading or loading crude oil unless the oil has a vapor pressure less than nine (9) psi. Trains travel though our cities and communities in downtown densely populated areas. A train explosion and fire could be a catastrophic disaster and we must do all we can to protect our exposed communities.