environment

Coal Trains
4:53 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Multnomah County Health Department Releases Coal Train Health Report

A new report from the Multnomah County Health Department finds there's not enough industry data to say for sure what the health effects would be if trains begin to haul coal to export terminals in the Northwest.

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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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Proposed Timber Sale
6:27 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Environmentalists Say Proposed Timber Sale Near Crater Lake Includes Old Growth

Environmental groups want the Forest Service to reconsider a proposed timber sale just west of Crater Lake National Park. EarthFix reporter Amelia Templeton has more.

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Klamath Dam Removal
6:24 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Klamath County Deals Political Setback to Dam Removal Plan

An agreement to remove four dams on the Klamath River has suffered a political and symbolic setback. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports Klamath County has voted to pull out of the agreement.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:33 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Sen. Wyden: Hanford Will Be Priority For Next Energy Secretary

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 5:53 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Problems at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will be a key issue in the confirmation hearings for the next Secretary of Energy. That’s what Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said after he toured the southeast Washington site Tuesday.

Wyden chairs the Senate committee that will consider President Obama’s pick to replace Energy Secretary Steven Chu. The Oregon Democrat toured Hanford’s tank farms, where millions of gallons of radioactive waste is stored. Two of those tanks have possible leaks.

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Whtie-Tailed Deer
6:41 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Relocating An Endangered Deer

A white-tailed deer seen in Washington.
Credit Photo by Wikimedia user Dcoetzee / Wikimedia Commons

A dike in southwestern Washington has become a ticking time bomb. Managers say it’s not a matter of if, but when, it will fail. And behind the dike? A small group of white-tailed deer, considered an endangered species. If biologists can’t move the herd before the dike is breeched, the deer could be wiped out. Courtney Flatt has this report.

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Idaho Mining Permits
6:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mining Industry Seeks Shorter Permit Waiting Period

Idaho lawmakers listening to mining industry leaders talk about the economic impact of mining. More than half of Idaho is federally managed.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Mining pumps on average nearly a billion dollars into Idaho’s economy every year. Idaho, along with Nevada and Utah are considered mining friendly states. But the industry is frustrated that it can take years before permits are issued and work can get underway. That’s why mining officials appealed to state lawmakers this week to help speed up the regulatory process. As Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains it’s a proposition that has environmentalists worried.

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Coal Exports
4:49 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Coal Export Company Faces A Financial Challenge

Ambre Energy wants to build two coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest.
Credit Callum Black / Wikimedia Commons

 A Seattle think tank is questioning the financial stability of a company that wants to build two coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest.

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Arctic Drilling
6:44 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Another Setback For Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans

The Kulluk under tow in January after running aground near Kodiak, Alaska.
Credit Northwest News Network

Another costly setback for Shell Oil and its efforts to drill in the Arctic Ocean: Shell needs to send its beleaguered oil rigs to Asia for major repairs, instead of to Seattle as planned. KUOW’s John Ryan reports.

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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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