An investigation into a recent passenger train derailment near Steilacoom, Washington, reveals speed and human error are to blame.
Environment | News | EnergyOPB | 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.
local | Energy | Transportation | News | Politics | EnvironmentOPB/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.
local | Transportation | News | EnergyOPB | 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.
Oregon utility regulators are considering a request by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.
local | Climate change | Energy | Transportation | News | EnvironmentOPB | 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.
It's taken five years, but injured railroad worker Dwight Hauck sees victory at hand. Washington lawmakers are on the verge of requiring new safety...
Environment | local | Nation | NewsAP | 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.
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 | local | Water | NewsAP | 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.
Union Pacific Railroad is suing Wasco County and Columbia River Gorge commissioners in an effort to push through a proposed track expansion.
Environment | local | NewsMedford Mail Tribune | Jan. 3, 2017 5:45 p.m.
Union Pacific plans to use rail cars, not dump trucks, to haul away 18,700 cubic yards of contaminated soil as part of its long-awaited cleanup of its old railroad yard in Ashland.
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.
Regulators say an oil terminal proposed for a coastal Washington state harbor poses several environmental problems.
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.
local | Energy | Transportation | News | Environment | Water | 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.
local | Transportation | Sustainability | Politics | News | Environment | Renewable energy | Oil Trains In The NorthwestAP | 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
local | Transportation | News | PoliticsThe Register-Guard | July 17, 2016 10:07 a.m.
If Oregon passenger train service stays on the Union Pacific line, it will be a bitter disappointment for the proponents of high-speed rail, who dream of a bullet train running parallel to Interstate 5, whisking riders from Eugene to Portland in an hour.
Simple steps could have prevented the fiery derailment. Had inspectors walked the stretch of track in the weeks or months prior, they might have spotted the broken bolts, but no one did.