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Washington Pushes Deadline On Vancouver Oil Terminal Decision

OPB | July 1, 2017 2:31 p.m.

The deadline to reach a decision on a controversial oil terminal planned for Vancouver has been pushed back again.

Environment | Energy

Oregon Utility Board Considers Controversial Sale Of Oil Tanks

OPB/EarthFix | June 12, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Oregon utility regulators are considering a request by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.

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Washington State Approves Draft Air Permit For Vancouver Oil Terminal

OPB | May 3, 2017 9:25 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Environmentalists are concerned about a draft air permit that has been released for a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver.

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More Than 23K Defects Found On America's Oil Train Routes

AP | April 6, 2017 10:35 a.m. | Billings, Montana

Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that tens of thousands of safety defects were found when government inspectors checked the rail lines used to haul volatile crude oil across the country.

Think Out Loud

Oil Train Bills | Legal Sudafed Again? | Death With Dignity

OPB | March 20, 2017 noon | Portland

Should Sudafed be available without a prescription again? What can states do to limit oil spills from trains? Also, we talk to Matt Witt about his parents' end of life experiences, Oregon's Death With Dignity law, and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Environment | Water | News | local

2 Oregon Bills Aim To Prevent Or Mitigate Oil-Train Disasters

AP | March 14, 2017 7:22 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Native Americans, environmentalists and a fishing guide spoke out Monday in support of two bills that aim to prevent, or at least mitigate, an ecological disaster like an oil spill into the Columbia River.

Environment | Energy

Union Pacific Sues For Exemption To Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area Rules

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 11, 2017 10:45 a.m.

Union Pacific Railroad is suing Wasco County and Columbia River Gorge commissioners in an effort to push through a proposed track expansion.

Environment | Energy

Environmental Risks Identified For Grays Harbor Oil Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Regulators say an oil terminal proposed for a coastal Washington state harbor poses several environmental problems.

Environment | Oil Trains In The Northwest

County Panel Approves Rail Expansion In Columbia Gorge Despite Oil-Train Controversy

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2016 4:45 p.m.

A county planning commission has given its approval to a rail expansion in the same stretch of the Columbia River Gorge where a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into flames.

News | local | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Energy | Oil Trains In The Northwest

How Bad Could The Mosier Oil Spill Have Been?

Northwest News Network | Aug. 10, 2016 4:29 p.m.

Many in Mosier say the derailment of a train carrying Bakken crude could have been much worse than it was.

News | Transportation | Environment | local | Energy | Water | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Oregon, Union Pacific Use Microbes To Clean Up Oil Train Spill

Northwest 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.

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

NW Cities Turn To Local Action To Block Oil Trains

AP | July 28, 2016 8:33 a.m. | Seattle

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 in  

Environment | News | local | Politics | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Gov. Inslee Calls For More Timely Inspection Of Oil Rail Lines

The Columbian | July 11, 2016 12:38 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee is calling on federal regulators to issue an emergency order demanding railroads that haul Bakken crude send safety inspectors to physically walk the rail lines at least 24 hours before transporting the volatile oil.

Environment | News | local | Transportation | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Oil Train Derailment: Q&A With Federal Railroad Administration Head

OPB | June 23, 2016 2:30 p.m.

It’s Union Pacific’s fault. That’s the basic thrust of a preliminary report from federal railroad regulators Thursday.

Environment | News | local | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Sheared Screws Blamed In Mosier Oil Train Derailment

The Dalles Chronicle | June 15, 2016 8:06 a.m.

Jason Rea, chief engineer for the western region of Union Pacific Railroad, described at a community meeting Friday in Mosier what had caused the June 3 derailment of 16 oil cars.

Environment | Energy

Portland City, County Leaders Call On Governor To Help Stop Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | June 14, 2016 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Leaders with the city of Portland, Multnomah County and Columbia River tribes are urging Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to work with Congress and President Obama to permanently ban oil trains in Oregon.

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Oil Trains In Washington | Earthquakes In Indian Country | Imaginary Friends | Soviet Diaspora: Family

OPB | 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.

Environment | Energy | Communities | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Oil Train Blockade Activists Declare Win Despite Trespass Convictions

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 15, 2016 12:15 p.m. | Seattle

Five climate change activists who blocked an oil train north of Seattle are convicted of trespassing but not obstruction.

Environment

Climate Activists Who Chained Themselves To Tracks Head To Court

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 11, 2016 5:45 p.m. | Seattle

Five environmental activists who chained themselves to train tracks in Everett to protest oil and coal trains go to trial.

Environment | Uncategorized | Energy | Transportation | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Environmental Review Is Out On Vancouver Oil-By-Rail Project

OPB | Nov. 24, 2015 9:30 a.m.

Washington state has released a detailed environmental assessment of a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.