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Proposed Oil Refinery In Longview, Washington

Feb. 8, 2016 8:15 p.m.

A company out of Texas called Waterside Energy has proposed what would be the West Coast’s first refinery in more than 25 years at the Port of Longview on the lower Columbia River. Waterside's plan calls for a facility capable of refining 30,000 barrels of oil and 15,000 barrels of biofuel each day. The proposed project would also include a propane and butane terminal handling 75,000 barrels per day.

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Longview Still Dealing With St. Helens 35 Years Later

May 14, 2015 4 p.m.

When Mount St. Helens erupted 35 years ago today, much of the mountain's exploded top ended up in streams and rivers that nearby towns relied on for water. Longview, Washington, has struggled with its water supply since.

Environment | News | Energy | Water

Oil Refinery Could Be Built In Longview Or Elsewhere In The Northwest

April 16, 2015 12:30 a.m.

An energy company's CEO says it's looking at several locations in Oregon and Washington as potential sites for what could be the West Coast’s first crude oil refinery in more than 25 years.

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Longview Could Change Its Water Source To River — Again

June 10, 2015 6:53 p.m.

A citizens group in Longview, Washington narrowed down possible solutions for water problems in the city Tuesday evening.

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Union, Longview Paper Mill To Hold Final Bargaining Session

June 28, 2015 1 p.m.

Workers at the KapStone Pulp and Paper Mill in Longview, Washington are holding the final scheduled bargaining session with the company Monday.

Water | News | Politics

Longview Citizens Weigh Fixes For Water Problems

June 8, 2015 11:33 p.m.

A citizens group in Longview, Washington will meet Tuesday evening to talk about options for improving the city’s water.

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Port Of Longview Votes No On Propane Terminal

March 11, 2015 10 p.m.

Commissioners at the Port of Longview voted unanimously on Tuesday against pursuing a propane and butane export terminal.

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Veterans Center Opens In Longview, Wash.

Jan. 15, 2015 3:30 p.m.

The Cowlitz County Veterans Services Center will officially open Thursday.

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Weyerhaeuser To Lay Off Longview Workers Over Congestion At West Coast Ports

Jan. 8, 2015 11:06 p.m.

Washington-based timber company Weyerhaeuser says it will lay off workers at its Longview mill.

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Our Town: Longview

Sept. 19, 2013 7:06 p.m.

For the next stop in the Our Town series, we visit the city of Longview, Washington.

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New Evidence In 15-Year-Old Longview Murder Case

Dec. 1, 2015 6:58 p.m.

The Innocence Project Northwest says new evidence points to a different suspect than the one who was convicted of the crime in 2002.

Photos from Cassava

Sept. 19, 2013 6:31 p.m.

These are photos from Cassava, where we recorded Our Town: Longview.

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Longshore Union Negotiations Heating Up

Sept. 26, 2012 7:06 p.m.

Negotiations between the local longshore union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association may not be resolved by Sunday when the current contract expires. According to The Oregonian, the consortium of grain exporters hopes to model the new contract on the one between longshoremen and grain terminal operators in Longview, Washington. That contract agreement came after a long fight that tied up grain exports during the busy harvest season this time last year. 

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The Top Environmental Stories of 2011

Dec. 19, 2011 5:40 p.m.

 A lot of the biggest Northwest environmental stories surrounded energy issues.  Coal plants in Centralia, WA, and Boardman, OR both faced pressure to close their doors sooner than planned. Those closures come at the same time that Longview, WA and Bellingham, WA proposed coal export terminals to ship the resource to China. Idaho joined in on the national push toward "fracking" for natural gas. And the federal decision to postpone the Keystone XL oil pipeline has raised the question of whether we'll see more oil tankers in NW waters as companies look for other routes to carry oil to China. The national Solyndra controversy raised questions about the certainty of investments in the local renewable energy industry. The wind and hydroelectric industries tried to work out the kinks of how to deal with the times when too much energy gets generated by both sources. And the Japanese tsunami that led to the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis and cleanup has raised quesitons everywhere about the safety of nuclear energy.

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Fighting Over Grain

Sept. 9, 2011 4:25 p.m.

Hundreds of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday morning. They reportedly overpowered security guards, even holding some hostage for a short time, in order to sabotage rail cars, dumping loads of grain onto the ground. The day before, members of the union held two protests along the rail route. They gathered with picket signs in Vancouver in the morning, blocking a train carrying a large shipment of corn bound for the new grain terminal at the Port of Longview. Later in the day, after the train was allowed to go through, a smaller group of protesters stopped it in Longview. After several arrests, the train shipment made it to the port. These are just the latest battles in a long fight between the union and the company that owns the terminal. Protesters blocked another shipment earlier this summer and since then, EGT Development, which owns the grain terminal, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB challenged some of the union's other tactics in court and won a federal restraining order to keep them from blocking access to the port. It's unclear whether the Wednesday morning protest violated the restraining order, since it took place in Vancouver and not on port property. This longstanding dispute stems from EGT's stance that they're not bound by ILWU's contract with the Port of Longview to hire its members to staff the terminal. The ILWU claims it has a right to those jobs. After talks between EGT and ILWU broke down in January, the company hired a contractor to bring in workers from a different union: the International Union of Operating Engineers. The situation has garnered national interest and it's only going to get more heated, it seems, as harvest season ramps up on Washington's bumper crop of wheat.

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Report Highlights Economic Benefits Of Deeper Columbia

July 2, 2015 10:07 p.m.

A new report into the economic consequences of deepening the Columbia River to from 40 to 43 feet indicates a strong return on investment.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Outpost Astoria

Jan. 26, 2015 8 a.m.

Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, though it remains relatively isolated to this day. Find out how its history has been marked by boom times from exploitation of abundant natural resources such as salmon and timber.

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