Oil Spills

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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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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