Judge rules against adding train tracks
March 15, 2017
A federal district judge has ruled against Union Pacific Railroad and in favor of three Columbia River treaty tribes, in a decision handed down late Wednesday afternoon.
This stems from the decision by Wasco County Commissioners to deny Union Pacific’s request to build four miles of new track at Mosier allowing trains to pass each other in opposite directions without slowing or stopping. Wasco County Commisioner ruled that such a construction would have a negative impact on tribal fisheries, which are protected by their treaty rights with the US Government. Union Pacific appealed that decision to the Columbia River Gorge Commission, which will hear the appeal at its June meeting at the...