SEATTLE - Some communities in Washington state are calling for more increased oversight of oil trains that rumble through their cities.
A committee of the Seattle City Council on Tuesday plans to consider a resolution asking railway companies to consider restricting oil shipments through the city until further study.
The cities of Bellingham and Spokane last month passed resolutions calling for tougher scrutiny of oil shipments.
And in Olympia, lawmakers at odds over how best to prepare for increasing oil trains said they're working on an agreement before the legislative session ends.
The federal government regulates interstate railroad commerce, but state and local officials say they also need to be prepared as these trains cut through the heart of heavily populated cities, including Seattle.
Recent accidents have raised concerns about potential oil spills, train traffic and emergency response.
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