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This year Americans will see the highest Fourth of July gas prices they've seen in the last six years. That's according to AAA . And as bad as it sounds, for Northwest drivers it even gets a little worse.

Oregon LNG Not Giving Up On Natural Gas Pipeline

May 8, 2014
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A company that wants to build a liquefied natural gas pipeline through northwest Oregon took its case to a state appeals board Thursday. The developer is trying to reverse a Clatsop County decision to reject the project.

Courtney Flatt

Most of the evacuated residents of Plymouth, Washington, were able to return to their homes Monday night after an explosion at a natural gas tank rocked the small town on the Washington-Oregon border.

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State and federal pipeline safety investigators have been dispatched to the site of an explosion and fire at a liquefied natural gas storage facility in southeastern Washington.

LNG is natural gas that’s been cooled to a liquid form for easier storage. Five people were injured in the early morning blast Monday, but only one remains hospitalized.

The debate over a gas tax hike has revved up again in the Washington legislature.

Members of the mostly Republican majority in the Washington Senate say they want to jumpstart talks on a gas tax package to fund roads and transit. Previous negotiations stalled out in December.

Tom Banse

Oregon regulators moved this week to make it easier for truck fleet owners to convert from gasoline or diesel to natural gas. Portland-based Northwest Natural became the first utility in the region to get clearance to build compressed natural gas filling stations.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he will continue to push for a gas tax package in the 60-day session that starts Monday. But a key transportation leader in the State Senate signaled Thursday that prospects for a deal may be dimming.

Trucking fleet operators in the Northwest are showing growing interest in filling up with natural gas instead of diesel.

The nation's biggest ferry system is aiming to convert some of its fleet from diesel to natural gas propulsion.