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North Dakota is preparing to sue the state of Washington over a new Washington law targeting oil shipped by rail.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Thursday that requires a lower vapour pressure limit for crude shipped by rail than the industry standard and North Dakota requires. Mr. Inslee has made climate change a focus of his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign.

The Washington bill’s sponsor, Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, says it’s about protecting communities from explosive derailments.

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North Dakota officials, though, say the Washington law would make Pacific Northwest refineries off-limits to the energy industry in North Dakota, which is the nation’s No. 2 oil producer.

North Dakota Attorney-General Wayne Stenehjem says a federal lawsuit will be filed within weeks. He has reached out to other oil-producing states about possibly joining as a plaintiff or offering supportive testimony.

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