BNSF sues county over refueling depot

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COEUR D'ALENE, Ida. – BNSF Railway has filed a lawsuit against Kootenai County in northern Idaho concerning new rules at its refueling depot in Hauser, Ida. The fueling depot sits atop an aquifer that supplies drinking water to 500,000 people in the region. The county wants to require additional aquifer protections, but BNSF maintains that the county does not the authority to regulate the facility or operations that are part of the interstate rail transportation system.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas told the Spokane Spokesman-Review that the county conducted a five-year review of the depot last year and determined it was in compliance with a permit negotiated by the railroad and the county. The railroad opened the refueling depot in 2004, but six months later a state judge shut it down for 74 days after a series of leaks were discovered. BNSF blamed shoddy construction and sued the construction contractors. Melonas said the depot has been problem-free since reopening.
COEUR D'ALENE, Ida. – BNSF Railway has filed a lawsuit against Kootenai County in northern Idaho concerning new rules at its refueling depot in Hauser, Ida. The fueling depot sits atop an aquifer that supplies drinking water to 500,000 people in the region. The county wants to require additional aquifer protections, but BNSF maintains that the county does not the authority to regulate the facility or operations that are part of the interstate rail transportation system.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas told the Spokane Spokesman-Review that the county conducted a five-year review of the depot last year and determined it was in compliance with a permit negotiated by the railroad and the county. The railroad opened the refueling depot in 2004, but six months later a state judge shut it down for 74 days after a series of leaks were discovered. BNSF blamed shoddy construction and sued the construction contractors. Melonas said the depot has been problem-free since reopening.
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