oil spill

Oil Spill
4:41 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Crews Work To Clean Up Yakima River Oil Spill

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a storage tank to leak in Yakima River on Sunday.
Washington Department of Ecology

Emergency crews responded to a 1,500 gallon oil spill in Central Washington’s Yakima River.

The used motor oil has threatened wildlife since it escaped Sunday from an above-ground storage tank at the site of a former feedlot. The heavy oil flowed across a paved area and into an irrigation ditch.

An environmental clean up company is using vacuum trucks to remove the oil.

Joye Redfield-Wilder is a spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Ecology. She said the amount of oil spilled is concerning.

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Oil Tanker Regulations
7:07 am
Tue December 30, 2014

25 Years After Exxon Valdez, U.S. Mandates Double-Hull Oil Tankers

The Exxon Valdez, then called the Oriental Nicety, anchored some six nautical miles off India in 2012.
Credit Associated Press

Oil tankers bring about 15 million gallons of oil every day into Washington state. Starting January 1, those ships are required to have double hulls to reduce the risk of an oil spill. The change has been in the works for decades.

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Oil Spill Concern
7:13 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Is The Inland Northwest Prepared For An Oil Spill?

Credit Northwest News Network

The coast has generally been considered the area of the Northwest most at risk for a catastrophic oil spill. But the rise in oil moving through the region by rail has raised the stakes for some inland areas. As Jessica Robinson reports, three counties in the northern tip of Idaho are now creating their own strategy for containing an oil spill.


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Oil Spill Risk
8:53 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Conservation Groups Concerned Oil Spill Would Harm Wildlife

An oil train moves through Skagit County in Western Washington, headed to refineries in the Northwestern part of the state.
Credit Katie Campbell / EarthFix

More oil trains traveling along the Columbia River and Puget Sound mean an increased risk for oil spills. Conservation groups worry methods to clean up those spills could harm sensitive wildlife.

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Oil Spill
6:24 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Up To 2,000 Gallons Of Oil Spilled In Hood Canal

Officials are responding to an oil spill on Hood Canal in Washington's Puget Sound. The spill occurred at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Monday and has spread North along Hood Canal.

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Oil Spills
7:37 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Emergency Responders Prepare For Increased Risk Of Oil Spills In The Northwest

Tuesday's meeting included emergency responders from the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, Oregon, Washington and Idaho environmental agencies, railroads and oil companies.
Credit Shreyans Bhansali

Northwest emergency responders met in Portland Tuesday to discuss the increased potential for oil spills in the region.

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NW Oil Spill Response
6:14 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Inland NW Needs More Spill Response Capacity For Oil Trains

Environmental regulators heard from BNSF Railway that mile-long crude oil trains from North Dakota could cross the Northwest around five times a day in coming years.
Credit Russ Allison Loar

The rapid rise in crude oil shipping by rail means Northwest states need to bulk up their oil spill response capacity. That's according to members of a task force of Pacific states and British Columbia which met in Seattle Wednesday.

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Northwest Ecology
4:36 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Spill Cleanup From Sunken Vessel Near Longview Continues

Washington Department of Ecoology. An oil-containment boom and oil-absorbing pads are deployed around the Granby.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:16 pm

A spill cleanup crew remains on the scene Thursday near Longview where an old wooden boat sunk in a side channel of the Columbia River.

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Sunken vessel in the Columbia River
6:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Sunken Ship On Columbia Poses Oil Spill Risk

Washington officials responding to a sunken vessel in the Columbia River are advising people to avoid contact with a stretch of the water downstream from Longview.

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Arctic Oil Spill
6:20 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Congressman Seeks Answers In Arctic Oil-Spill Gear's Failure

A piece of oil-spill prevention equipment.
Credit Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (via KUOW Freedom of Information request)

Oil-spill equipment designed to support drilling in the Arctic Ocean was damaged badly in its first field test this fall in Puget Sound near Anacortes. A public radio investigation revealed just how badly. Now a top Congressman is seeking answers, too. Seattle correspondent John Ryan reports.

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