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The Port of Vancouver recommended Wednesday port commissioners vote against a lease extension with the companies backing what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal. Those companies need the extra time to get state permits.

Port Of Longview Rejects Oil Refinery

Feb 23, 2016
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Port of Longview commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to end talks with an energy company that wants to build the first oil refinery on the west coast in more than 25 years.

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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.

Refinery Proposed For Columbia River

Apr 15, 2015
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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.

'Small' Oil Spills Can Add Up To Big Costs

Mar 19, 2015
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Northwest Officials Unite Against Coal And Oil Trains

Mar 4, 2015
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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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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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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.

Report Raises Safety Concerns About Oil By Water

Aug 7, 2014
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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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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.