Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now

NPR |Jan. 26, 2015 9:25 p.m.

Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology in the threatened environment.

Low Oil Prices Mean $700 Extra In Every Oregon Household's Pocketbook In 2015

OPB |Jan. 26, 2015 1:54 p.m.

Cheap oil cuts into the budgets of oil-producing states. But lower prices are expected to be good news for Oregon.

Some Megaload Protesters Report Contact From FBI

AP |Jan. 23, 2015 11:30 a.m.

Activists who oppose the transport of giant oil-field equipment through parts of Idaho and Washington say they have been contacted by FBI agents.

Portland Now Generating Hydropower In Its Water Pipes

OPB |Jan. 20, 2015 4:45 p.m.

A Portland start-up has tapped the city's water pipes as a new source of renewable hydropower that doesn't disrupt fish migration or stream flows.

U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

NPR |Jan. 19, 2015 4:32 p.m.

The solar industry employs nearly 174,000 workers in the U.S., up 22 percent from a year ago. But the industry's future is murky, as government subsidies are set to expire within two years.

Survey Finds Oregon Fire Departments Not Equipped For Oil Train Accident

OPB |Jan. 15, 2015 5:30 p.m.

A survey by the Oregon State Fire Marshal found 81 percent of the state's fire departments don't have the equipment needed to respond to an oil train accident.

Wash. Lawmakers Kick Off Session With Work On Oil-Train Safety

KUOW |Jan. 15, 2015 5 p.m.

State senators waste little time this session before starting the debate over how best to respond to the rapid increase of oil train traffic in Washington.

Wash. Legislature Weighs Oil Train Safety Bills

AP |Jan. 15, 2015 11:01 a.m.

Lawmakers are pushing competing bills to improve oil train safety, as a spike in volatile shipments of crude oil by rail poses new potential risks in Washington.

Falling Oil Prices Have North Dakota Migrants Rethinking The Boom

NPR |Jan. 14, 2015 3:33 p.m.

Falling oil prices are leading to a slow down in drilling. And that means workers are rethinking the long commutes they've been making for once-steady, good-paying jobs.

Opponents Ask Portland To Reject Propane Export Terminal

OPB |Jan. 13, 2015 4 p.m.

Hundreds of people attended a Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Tuesday as the board considered a zoning decision for a controversial propane export terminal.

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