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An employer has a general duty to provide its employees with a safe workplace. Therefore, it must protect them from recognized hazards not covered by specific safety regulations. RCW 49.17.060(1). This general duty is codified in the Department of Labor and Industries regulations as follows: [An employer] must furnish to each employee a place of […]

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The Gillett Law Firm Seattle WA

Washington’s timber trespass statute provides: Whenever any person shall cut down, girdle, or otherwise injure, or carry off any tree, including a Christmas tree as defined in RCW 76.48.020, timber, or shrub on the land of another person, or on the street or highway in front of any person’s house, city or town lot.

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A closely divided Washington Supreme Court decided that the Port of Vancouver USA crude-by-rail oil terminal lease complies with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). In doing so, the Court brushed aside concerns that completion of an environmental impact statement (EIS) is years away.

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Protect coastal resources when reviewing proposed oil train terminals, says the Washington Supreme Court. In February 2017, the Court issued a decision to protect coastal resources, erecting new barriers to such terminals. Quinault Indian Nation v. Imperium Terminal Services, LLC, 187 Wn.2d 460, 387 P.3d 670 (2017). Crude-by-rail terminals transfer crude from oil trains to marine vessels.

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