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Vale railroad opposes Nyssa project, says jobs at risk and county ignored its offers

A Vale-based railroad is opposing plans for a new Nyssa shipping center, saying Malheur County officials “ignored” its approaches on how to do the project at less cost.

Oregon Eastern Railroad said in a letter to the Oregon Transportation Commission that “we would encourage the OTC to not proceed this project as proposed.”

The commission is scheduled to consider Thursday whether to approve Malheur County’s plan for the Treasure Valley Reload Center and release $26 million in state funding. The shipping center has been proposed to support the area’s onion industry.

Oregon Eastern, part of The Western Group of short line railroads, said in its June 12 letter to the commission that it “has more flexible criteria for new rail connections which would reduce track construction costs, engineering approval process, and time to construction.”

The letter . . .