Disasters and Accidents

Imported Gas
3:37 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

BP To Import Fuel From Asia To Cover Wash. Refinery Outage

BP's Cherry Point oil refinery. ©BP p.l.c.
Photo by: BP

There's more evidence that a big oil refinery in Northwest Washington will be out of service for a long time. Refinery owner BP says it's arranging for replacement fuel to be shipped to the region from as far away as Singapore.

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NW Mining Deaths
5:41 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

In NW Mining, Most Deaths Happen Above Ground

A photo from the federal investigation into James Hussey's death shows the site of the accident.
Photo credit: MSHA Photo courtesy MSHA

Federal mine investigators say a Northwest miner died by electrocution because the company that employed him failed to have proper safety procedures in place. The tragedy happened at a gravel pit last September near Pullman, Wash. Most Northwest mine accidents happen above ground.

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BP Refinery
4:38 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

BP Refinery Shutdown Starting To Look Lengthy

Gas prices are moderately up due to oil refinery shutdown.
Photo credit: Andrew Lee Wikimedia commons

The oil company BP is zeroing in on a cause for last week's explosion at its big Cherry Point refinery near Ferndale, Washington. But the investigation and repairs are moving slowly. That doesn't bode well for gasoline prices in Western Washington and Oregon. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Mountain Safety
6:38 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Air Bag Becoming Standard Equipment For NW Skiers

Skier Elyse Saugstad credits the ABS air bag with saving her life in an avalanche at Stevens Pass in Washington.
Photo courtesy of ABS-airbag.com Northwest News Network

The air bag credited with saving a woman from an avalanche at Stevens Pass is starting to become standard equipment for back country skiers in the Northwest. The expert skiers who seek the thrill of more remote areas are no strangers to signs of avalanches.

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Mountain Conditions
4:13 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Northwest Back Country Ripe For More Avalanches

A photo of an avalanche in progress.
Photo Credit: Greg L. Wright Wikimedia commons

The conditions that led to fatal avalanches in the Washington Cascades could get worse this week. Three expert skiers died near Stevens Pass on Sunday and a snowboarder died in a separate avalanche near Snoqualmie.

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School Upgrades
3:52 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Lawmakers Approve Making School Seismic Ratings More Accessible

A map of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
United States Geological Survey

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon parents who want to know if their child's school is strong enough to withstand a major earthquake could soon have a new way of finding out. The Oregon Senate voted unanimously Friday to require seismic ratings for all public schools in the state be posted online.

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