New Oil Facility
6:54 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Grays Harbor Signs Option To Lease For Train-To-Barge Oil Facility

The Port of Grays Harbor near Aberdeen has announced an agreement to lease property for a crude oil unloading and storage facility. The oil would arrive by train and then be loaded on to barges bound for refineries on the West coast. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Columbia River Treaty
6:43 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Columbia River Treaty Public Meetings Begin In Spokane

A decades-long treaty between the United States and Canada will soon be up for renewal. It governs power management and flood control in the Columbia River Basin. Next year is the first time in 50 years either country can end or revise the treaty.

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Biofuel Plant Layoffs
4:50 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Biorefinery Lays Off Eastern Oregon Workers

An eastern Oregon biofuel plant has announced it’s laying off workers. The news comes three weeks after it began producing ethanol.

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Coal Exports
7:26 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Kitzhaber, Inslee Push For Emissions Accounting For Coal Export Proposals

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Governor Jay Inslee continue to push for a tougher federal review of proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest. Monday the governors sent a letter to the President’s top environmental advisors, asking them to consider the impact of coal exports on the climate. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Electric Vehicle Charger
4:33 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

An Electric Vehicle Charger To Help Balance The Grid

Northwest researchers have developed a smart charger to help balance the grid and save the user money.
Credit Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Charging your electric vehicle could help balance the grid and save you money. Northwest researchers have developed a smart charger to do just that.

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Voices of Coal
6:55 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Voices Of Coal: Rail Town Mayor

This week we’re bringing you our special EarthFix series, "Voices of Coal."

Each day we'll hear from someone with a personal stake in the Northwest's debate over coal export terminals.

Geothermal Power Plant
5:07 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Malheur County Geothermal Plant Exceeding Expectations

Operators of a geothermal power plant in Malheur County say that facility is producing more electricity than originally anticipated.

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Shell Oil Drilling
6:33 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Shell Cancels Arctic Oil Drilling

Shell's Kulluk oil rig, with three tugboats and an escort ship, on its way from Kodiak Island to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Credit Photo by Sara Francis / US Coast Guard

Shell Oil has put Arctic drilling on hold. The company announced Wednesday that it will not attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this year. The announcement comes after a year of accidents and setbacks for Shell’s Arctic drilling efforts. KUOW’s John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:40 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Wyden Leads Sharp Debate Over Natural Gas Export

Should the U.S. export its abundant supply of shale gas? Oregon Senator Ron Wyden tackled that question in a hearing today. It’s his first since he took over chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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Coal Royalties
5:20 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Department Of Interior Investigates Possible Coal Royalty Dodge

The U.S. Interior Secretary promised to aggressively pursue coal companies that violate the law.
Credit U.S. Department of the Interior website

 The Secretary of Interior has formed a task force to determine if coal companies are underpaying royalties for coal mined on public land and sold in Asia. And it has confirmed it is investigating one coal company for potential criminal wrongdoing.

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