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Judge orders BNSF to pay Swinomish Tribe nearly $400M for trespassing with oil trains

2023 ruling found that the railway violated terms of a 1991 easement

Crews surround an overturned locomotive as others try to put the locomotive back in place on the rails.
Crews reset an overturned locomotive in March 2023 on the Swinomish Reservation in Anacortes. On Monday, June 17, a judge ordered BNSF to pay the Swinomish Tribe $400 million after ruling the company trespassed when it ran 100-car trains carrying crude oil across the reservation. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Eugene Johnson Associated Press
BNSF Railway must pay nearly $400 million to Swinomish Tribe, a federal judge ordered Monday, June 1
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