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The Oregon LNG liquefied natural gas project in Warrenton has reached a milestone in its seemingly endless permitting process. Three permits are up for review and open for public comment.
Environmental groups filed a petition with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in October asking the agency to reconsider its air quality permit for an oil train terminal on the Columbia River. This week the agency denied the petition.
A crash caused thousands of fingerling chinook salmon spilled onto the roadway. The fish were being shipped out of a hatchery near Springfield because of a malfunction at a McKenzie River dam.
Oregonians now have more time to weigh in on the liquefied natural gas terminal project's water quality application. State water quality officials have also set meetings to answer questions from the public.
Logging and trapping drove the fisher or fisher cat, a small and elusive forest mammal, to the endangered species list. It now faces threats from illegal pot farms, too. Researchers are trying to better study the fisher, but even they sometimes harm it in the process.
The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the finding of a state appeals board that Clatsop County Commissioner Peter Huhtala was biased and unfit to vote on a land-use permit for the Oregon LNG pipeline.
Another group in Washington is raising concerns over whether the state's rail infrastructure can safely support an increase in oil trains. This time it's the state's rail safety regulators.
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