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Water | Environment

Costly Davy Crockett Oil Spill Could Have Been Prevented

Feb. 21, 2012 7 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard and its contractors spent 10 months and $22 million removing the Davy Crockett barge from the Columbia River in 2011. Workers prevented a major environmental disaster, but an EarthFix investigation has found that state and federal officials could have prevented an oil spill and the need for a multi-million-dollar cleanup.


NW Environmental Groups Among Those Suing Over Oil Train Rules

May 16, 2015 1:15 a.m.

Three Northwest environmental groups are among those suing the Obama Administration over its new safety rules for oil trains.

Energy | Environment

DOT Requires Better Oil By Rail Notice, But Some Unknowns Remain for NW Responders

May 8, 2014 7:57 p.m.

Northwest emergency responders soon will receive more information about how much Bakken crude oil is moving by rail through their communities.

Energy | Environment

Crude Oil Terminal Planned In NW Portland

Feb. 14, 2014 10:15 p.m.

A national fuel storage company has leased a former asphalt plant on the Willamette River with plans to use it as a rail and marine terminal for crude oil.

Energy | Environment

Port of Vancouver Approves Biggest Oil-Train Project In NW

July 23, 2013 4:25 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver Commission voted unanimously today to approve a lease for a controversial oil terminal proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies.


NW Readiness For Oil Spills Drops As Risks Increase

Dec. 5, 2011 6:39 a.m.

Every year, vessels carry more than 15 billion of gallons of oil and fuel through Pacific Northwest waters, putting Washington and Oregon at constant risk of spills that could cripple parts of their economies and devastate marine life and environmentally sensitive shorelines.

News | local | Transportation | Sustainability | Renewable energy | Politics | Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

NW Cities Turn To Local Action To Block Oil Trains

July 28, 2016 3:33 p.m.

Voters in Spokane will get to decide whether the city should prohibit the shipment of crude oil or coal by rail. The ballot measure, if approved, would make rail shipments of crude oil or coal a civil infraction.  

Energy | Transportation | Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Big Trainloads Of Tar Sands Crude Now Rolling Through NW

Feb. 9, 2015 9:01 a.m.

Trains carrying mass loads of heavy crude oil from Canada’s tar sands have begun moving through the Northwest, creating the potential for an oil spill in parts of Oregon and Washington.

Energy | Air | Transportation | Water | Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

NW Push For Clean Fuels Could Mean More Crude, New Refinery

May 27, 2015 1:45 a.m.

The push for cleaner fuels in Oregon and Washington has led to proposals that would bring the region more crude oil and a new refinery along the Columbia River.

Business | local | Economy | Environment | News | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Mosier Derailment Adds Scrutiny To Proposed Vancouver Oil-By-Rail Terminal

Aug. 1, 2016 4:15 p.m.

The oil terminal in Vancouver would be built just 70 miles downriver from the where an oil train derailed in June. 

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Arts | local | Oregon Lens

Oregon Lens 2014 Features Diverse Lineup of Independent Films

Aug. 20, 2014 7 a.m.

Host Steve Amen presents five consecutive nights of outstanding work by Northwest independent filmmakers. Find out what films are in this year's lineup, airing August 25-29 at 10 p.m. on OPB TV.

Music | Sessions

Genders at OPB

Dec. 16, 2013 11:29 p.m.

The much buzzed about Portland quartet joins us to play songs from their new full-length debut, Get Lost, and talk about its recording, as well as touring with Built to Spill this past fall.


Sam Roloff Paints in Many Styles

July 11, 2011 midnight

Local artist Sam Roloff doesn't limit himself to just one style of painting. Art Beat's KC Cowan visited Roloff's studio to talk with him about his artwork.

Think Out Loud

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.

Entertainment | NW Life | local | News | Music | Arts | State of Wonder

The Gun Show | Remembering Bob Ross & Rick Bartow | The Confession That's Rocking Portland's Music Scene

Sept. 9, 2016 7:52 p.m.

This week on State of Wonder, a provocative (and funny!) show about guns, news about a sexual assault that's rocking the music community, an arts explosion at Pioneer Courthouse Square and more.

Think Out Loud

Washington Lawmakers At The Halfway Point

March 3, 2015 8:30 p.m.

We'll talk with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the machinations inside the Washington capitol.

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