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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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Oil Spill Readiness
4:29 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Columbia River Spill Comes During Series Of Oil Spill Readiness Hearings

Just as Washington environmental regulators finish up a series of meetings on oil spill readiness, a half-mile sheen appeared on the Columbia River near Longview. Contractors quickly contained the diesel spill this week. It's one of about 1,800 spills in Oregon and Washington each year.

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Oil-Spill Barge
6:38 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Oil-Spill Barge Causes Small Spills Of Its Own In Bellingham

Shell's Arctic Challenger, under construction in downtown Bellingham.
Photo by John Ryan Northwest News Network

More problems for the oil-spill containment barge being built on the Bellingham waterfront. Coast Guard officials say Shell Oil's Arctic Challenger has caused several small spills of its own in the past few weeks. KUOW's John Ryan reports.

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