Investigative and Data Reporter, OPB/EarthFix
Tony Schick is an investigative and data reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Tony previously worked as the web editor for Investigative Reporters and Editors, a journalism nonprofit based in Columbia, Missouri. He has worked as a freelance reporter and researcher since 2007.
He has undergraduate degrees in journalism and sociology from Gonzaga University, where he spent enough time after hours in the student newsroom that he and his wife named their dog, Myron, after the building’s beloved overnight custodian. He received his master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Tony is a native of Portland.
Federal officials placed the blame for this summer's fiery derailment in Mosier with Union Pacific Railroad. EarthFix analyzed federal data to put the railroad's safety record into context.
In response to the Mosier oil train derailment, Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced their second bill tackling oil train safety.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it found no evidence of chemical drift after responding to an exposure complaint from a former member of Oregon’s Board of Forestry.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it did not investigate last month’s oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge because it was unlikely to glean any new safety recommendations.
An Oregon judge has ordered more than $50,000 in fines and a one-year license suspension for a pesticide spraying company that violated worker protection laws and disregarded a stop-spraying order.
Simple steps could have prevented the fiery derailment. Had inspectors walked the stretch of track in the weeks or months prior, they might have spotted the broken bolts, but no one did.
Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the Union Pacific Railroad to halt oil train shipments through Washington until the company does more walking inspections of its railroad track.
A push for safer oil-by-rail transport has paid more attention to tank car improvements than the vulnerability of tracks used to haul a heavy, sloshing cargo of crude.
A year before 16 of its oil tanker cars derailed and caused a fire, a spill and an evacuation order in the Columbia River Gorge, Union Pacific lobbied against stronger oversight of oil trains moving through the Northwest. The railroad industry lost in Washington. But in Oregon, it won.
local | Air | Environment | Land | Water | Transportation | News | Oil Trains In The NorthwestOPB | June 7, 2016 7:08 p.m.
Railroad industry experts are questioning the early explanation from Union Pacific for why its oil train crashed in Mosier, Ore.
local | Air | Environment | Water | Transportation | News | Energy | Oil Trains In The NorthwestOPB | June 7, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Union Pacific has not stopped moving hazardous and flammable materials through Mosier — including tanker cars of liquefied petroleum gases like propane or butane.
Agriculture | Environment | Forestry | HealthEarthFix | May 27, 2016 7 p.m. | Portland
There’s a new complaint about exposure from a helicopter spraying weed killer on Oregon forestland. This time, it's from a fellow timber grower and former member of the Oregon Board of Forestry.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, seeking comment on its latest budget proposal, drew hard questions from conservationists Thursday night in Portland.
A federal jury in Seattle has awarded a former BNSF Railway worker, and whistleblower, more than $1.6 million in a case involving brake inspections for tank cars.
News of a major Northwest recycler's illicit e-waste exports stunned state regulators and auditors, showing their limited ability to ensure e-waste is handled properly in a complex and global industry.