OPB | April 15, 2015
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.
OPB | April 15, 2015
State environmental regulators allow a wastewater treatment utility to give its recycled sewer water to a group of home brewers so they can turn it into beer.
Environment | Nation | Business | EconomyNPR | April 20, 2015 1:19 p.m.
The 2010 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig set off an environmental and economic catastrophe. Towns and ecosystems along the Gulf Coast are still struggling to rebound from the spill's impact.
Environment | News | localThe Columbian | April 20, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Washougal, Washington
Washougal Mayor Sean Guard has announced plans to camp out next to the tracks, counting each and every train that passes.
With 28 survivors reported and 24 bodies recovered, only a fraction of the hundreds of people who were reportedly on board are accounted for.
Environment | News | Water | local | OPB News BlogOPB | April 20, 2015 9:24 a.m. | Portland
While Californians are cutting back on water and experimenting with long-term solutions to deal with drought, William Shatner said the answer is as simple as starting a Kickstarter page.
The National Weather Service says wildfires in Siberia are to blame for haze hanging over much of the Pacific Northwest, giving sunsets a red hue.
Golf courses are water hogs, and that thirst is especially notable as California's drought grows in severity. At Pelican Hill, a top golf course near Los Angeles, water conservation is an obsession.
Environment | Science | Food | Nation | BusinessNPR | April 18, 2015 9:17 a.m.
The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.
Near Las Vegas, levels in the nation's largest reservoir have dropped 140 feet since 2000. Water deliveries to Nevada, Arizona and California may soon be rationed — and farmers would feel it first.
Environment | News | Water | Fish & Wildlife | localAP | April 17, 2015 7:18 a.m.
Researchers say high levels of pesticides, flame retardants, and mercury in Pacific lampreys may be contributing to their overall decline in the Columbia River Basin.