Arctic Drilling
5:29 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Shell Arctic Drilling Rig Expected In Port Angeles

Port of Seattle
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Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling rig, the Polar Pioneer, is expected to arrive Friday in Port Angeles, Washington.

Shell has just received the necessary federal permits to drill for oil in the Arctic and will be staging its fleet in Seattle, despite a lawsuit filed by environmental groups and an investigation launched by the Seattle City Council.

Activists have warned of a flotilla of kayaks that would extend a less-than-warm welcome to Shell when it arrives at the Port of Seattle.

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Crude Oil
4:47 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Refinery Proposed For Columbia River

Port of Longview
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The Port of Longview has been in talks with an energy company about building a crude oil refinery in southwest Washington.

Washington’s Port of Longview says it is in talks with an energy company that last year submitted plans for a crude oil refinery on the Columbia River.

Details of the company’s planned refinery surfaced Wednesday through public records obtained and released by Columbia Riverkeeper.

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Small Oil Spills
7:49 am
Thu March 19, 2015

'Small' Oil Spills Can Add Up To Big Costs

Oiled mallard ducks recuperate in cribs inside heated tents after a Sunnyside oil spill.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest News Network

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Oil Trains
4:26 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Northwest Officials Unite Against Coal And Oil Trains

Increased oil train traffic in the Northwest is prompting policymakers to consider whether their states have sufficient safety measures in place to deal with the risk of a crash or spill.
Credit U.S. Department of Transportation

More than 150 elected officials from across the Northwest have teamed up to speak out against coal and oil trains. Their new group, the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance, held its third meeting in Portland Tuesday.

Washington’s King County Executive Dow Constantine has stepped up to chair the group. It includes officials from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.

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Keystone Pipeline
5:57 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline: Northwest Senators Vote On Party Lines

The U.S. Senate rejected the Keystone XL pipeline plan on Tuesday.
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Northwest lawmakers voted along party lines as the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to reject a plan to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Fourteen Democrats voted with all 45 Republicans in the Senate to approve it. But it was one vote shy of the amount needed to send the measure to the President. Washington Democrat Patty Murray told her colleagues she was against the pipeline.

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Government and Politics
5:52 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

What Is Astroturfing And Who's Doing It

This PowerPoint slide shows the “campaigns and coalitions” that the Western States Petroleum Association has “activated” to combat what it calls “aggressive anti-oil initiatives in the West.”
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Astroturfing is when interest groups run a campaign that’s designed to look like it’s grassroots in nature. A document obtained by public radio shows the oil industry is at the center of more than a dozen Astroturf groups in Washington, Oregon, and California.

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Oil Safety
7:49 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Report Raises Safety Concerns About Oil By Water

An oil barge. A new report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service concludes that a shift in transport of oil to barges and ships raises many safety concerns.
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Many communities across the Northwest are worried about the safety risks of shipping crude oil by rail. But a new report raises safety concerns about another shipping method: Oil by water. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Oil Trains
5:35 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Poll: Most Northwest Residents Support Oil Trains But Don't Know Much About The Issue

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A new poll shows the majority of Northwest residents support oil transportation by rail and don't think the safety and environmental risks are too high.

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Gas Prices
4:40 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Don't Expect Much Happiness In The Pursuit Of Cheap Gas This Weekend

This year Americans will see the highest Fourth of July gas prices they've seen in the last six years.
Credit Kristen Steele / Flickr

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.

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Oregon Oil Trains
7:27 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Central Oregon Grapples With Rising Oil Train Safety Risks

Michael Lang of Friends of the Gorge says each of the oil tanker cars he saw along the Deschutes May 4 had the telltale number 1267 – denoting crude oil cargo.
Credit Friends of the Gorge

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will meet with emergency officials in Central Oregon this week to talk about oil train safety. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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