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Vancouver Port Commissioner Race On Pace To Hit $1 Million

OPB | Oct. 18, 2017 noon

A race for a commissioner seat with the Port of Vancouver is proving to be one of the most expensive port races in recent history. So far, both candidates have raised just under $1 million.

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Oil Terminal Backers Give Big To Vancouver Port Candidate

OPB | Oct. 2, 2017 5:05 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

The company proposing to build the nation’s largest oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver just donated $150,000 to port commissioner candidate Kris Greene.  

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Tensions With Wash. AG Office May Have Led To EFSEC Chair's Resignation

OPB | Aug. 23, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council chair Bill Lynch announced his resignation recently, after repeated clashes with the state attorney general's office over a proposed oil terminal decision.

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Fuel Spill Contaminates E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area

Statesman Journal | July 18, 2017 9:51 a.m.

A massive fuel spill on Highway 99W near Adair Village has caused traffic detours and delays for the past 10 days as the state clears contaminated soil and repairs the road.

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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.

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Oregon House To Reconsider Bill Adding Secrecy For Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | June 30, 2017 2:42 p.m.

A bill was pulled from the Oregon House floor and returned to committee over concerns about language that would make secret railroad spill contingency plans and financial responsibility documents.

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Oregon Lawmakers Advance Measure Aimed At Rail Spill Disasters

OPB | June 27, 2017 5:19 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a measure that would require railroads to explain how they'd deal with hazardous spills.

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Washington Highway Closed After Semi Crash, Oil Spill

OPB | June 27, 2017 12:05 p.m.

All lanes on Washington state Route 14 are closed after a semi-trailer crashed, spilling thousands of gallons of hot oil on the highway.

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Oregon Utility Board Approves Controversial Sale Of Oil Tanks

OPB/EarthFix | June 27, 2017 11:40 a.m. | Portland

The Oregon Public Utility Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the sale of nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.

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Valve-Turning Activist From Oregon Won’t Serve Prison Time

OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2017 3:08 p.m.

Ken Ward was one of five activists who turned valves off on several pipelines bringing oil from Canada to the United States.

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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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Supreme Court Rejects Port Defense Of Secret Meetings On Vancouver Oil Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | June 8, 2017 1:30 p.m.

The Washington Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision Thursday in a ruling that suggests the Port of Vancouver violated public meetings law while negotiating a lease for an oil terminal.

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Opponents Call Vancouver Oil Terminal 'Bad Plan' While Supporters Tout Jobs

OPB | June 8, 2017 10:59 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

More than 100 people testified before the Washington state energy board in Vancouver. It was one of the last opportunities for the public to sound off on a proposed oil terminal there.

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Crossing the Border To Protest A Canadian Pipeline

KUOW/EarthFix | June 4, 2017 10:15 p.m. | Vancouver, British Columbia

People in the U.S. technically have no say in the matter of Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline. But that hasn’t kept them from protesting increased tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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'Valve Turner' From Oregon Faces Trial In Washington For Pipeline Protest

KUOW/EarthFix | June 2, 2017 2:41 p.m. | Seattle

An Oregon man is set to be tried Monday in a Western Washington courtroom after for turning off a pipeline that brings Canadian oil into the U.S.

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Trump Expected To Pull US From Paris Climate Accord, Official Says

AP | May 31, 2017 7:30 a.m. | Washington

President Donald Trump is expected to pull the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though there could be "caveats in the language" announcing a withdrawal, leaving open the possibility that his decision isn't final.

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Sale Of Storage Tanks Raises Concerns About An Oil Terminal In Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | May 23, 2017 5:45 p.m.

A proposal by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the lower Columbia River has raised concerns about a potential oil-by-rail terminal in Oregon.

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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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Trump Signs Order To Expand Offshore Drilling, Halt Marine Sanctuaries

NPR | April 28, 2017 9:11 a.m.

President Trump signed an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas, in a move welcomed by the oil and gas industry and greeted with alarm by environmental groups.

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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.