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Rising oil traffic puts the Northwest at risk

In the 25 years since the Exxon Valdez spill, oil exports from Alaska have waned. But the fossil-fuel industry has now turned its attention to making the Pacific Northwest a gateway. Above, the oil and chemical tanker Overseas Sifnos is seen at the Cherry Point Refinery near Ferndale, Whatcom County.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

In the 25 years since the Exxon Valdez spill, oil exports from Alaska have waned. But the fossil-fuel industry has now turned its attention to making the Pacific Northwest a gateway. Above, the oil and chemical tanker Overseas Sifnos is seen at the Cherry Point Refinery near Ferndale, Whatcom County.

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