All lanes on Washington state Route 14 are closed after a semi-trailer crashed, spilling thousands of gallons of hot oil on the highway.
Water | History | Fish & Wildlife | News | Pacific Ocean | Environment | localOPB | March 26, 2017 12:30 p.m. | Bay Center, Washington
Bay Center residents in Southwest Washington feared the worst when a neglected boat began to sink in the Palix River. Leaking oil was a concern to local oyster farmers in nearby Willapa Bay.
By most accounts, the region narrowly avoided catastrophe that June afternoon. And although the numbers will likely increase, Union Pacific is expected to foot the bill.
Water | Energy | News | Environment | local | Transportation | Oil Trains In The NorthwestNorthwest News Network | Aug. 10, 2016 4:02 p.m.
Union Pacific Railroad will be working with Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality to clean up oil that spilled from a derailed train in Mosier, Oregon.
Oil Trains In Washington | Earthquakes In Indian Country | Imaginary Friends | Soviet Diaspora: FamilyOPB | June 9, 2016 noon
We explore oil train traffic on the Washington side of the gorge, how Native American tribes are preparing for a Cascadia earthquake, the psychology of imaginary friends, and how post-Soviet immigrant families navigate generational and cultural divides.
Is Washington ready for the next big one? That’s the question the state Department of Ecology had in mind at the first-of-its-kind “worst-case” oil spill drill in Puget Sound.
Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has introduced a bill that would help firefighters around the country better plan for oil train derailments.
Washington state officials are working to clean up about 80 gallons of fuel that spilled into the Columbia River near Kalama on Thursday.
This week’s fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia has lawmakers thinking about oil-by-rail safety through the Northwest.
How many crew members should be required aboard an oil train? New legislation recommends more than there are currently.
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.
Another great find by OPB's Vince Patton: Check out this BBC tool for sizing up historic places and events. The mapping program overlays your zip code (or any other you choose) with the size and shape of icons such as the Twin Towers, the moon, the Great Wall of China or the Burning Man festival.
State Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) sat in on a briefing with Gov. John Kitzhaber and numerous other state and federal leaders on both sides of the Columbia River yesterday on the status of the split and leaking derelict barge Davy Crockett just south of Camas, Wash. Johnson said leaders are now considering the leaked oil "a major spill" and the ...
The Oregonian reports that the derelict barge leaking oil into the Columbia River near Camas, Wash., actually split in half – likely following a scrap operation that may or may not have been authorized. When Coast Guard officials found it, the river was flowing through the barge, which had leaked a 15-mile sheen of oil downstream. As of last night, ...
I have to agree with this story from today's St. Petersburg Times about all the mixed messages on the ecological aftershocks of BP's oil spill (gusher, to be precise). And I'd argue it's especially difficult to decode the daily, flip-flopping stories (plume/no plume et al.) when you're in the opposite corner of the country from where all the action is.