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Judge rules BNSF owes Swinomish Tribe $395M

Federal judge already found railway liable for trespassing with oil trains

BNSF Railway Co. must pay the Swinomish tribe $395 million for violating the terms of an agreement that allowed the railroad to run trains across a strip of the tribe's land in northwest Washington, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik ruled last year against the railroad for trespassing between 2012 and 2021 as it sent trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota through the Swinomish Reservation, en route to refineries near Anacortes.

Determining what amount of money the railroad owed the tribe was left for another phase of the proceedings, which included a bench tr...

 

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