Portland

Hydropower
5:50 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Portland Now Generating Hydropower In Its Water Pipes

Lucid Energy installed four electric generators inside a Portland drinking water pipeline.
Credit Daniel Kulinski / Flickr

A Portland start-up is tapping a new source of renewable power inside the city's water pipes. The new system uses the power of gravity in the city's water pipes.

Lucid Energy has installed four small hydroelectric generators in a pipe that carries drinking water to the city. They will produce enough electricity to power 150 homes.

Company CEO Gregg Semler says this kind of hydropower doesn't disrupt fish or natural stream flows the way dams do. And it supplies a continuous source of renewable energy unlike wind and solar.

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Gas Terminal
5:03 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Opponents Ask Portland To Stop Proposed Propane Export Terminal

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Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday for a hearing on a controversial propane export terminal proposed at the Port of Portland.

The Canadian company Pembina plans to transport more than a million gallons of liquid propane by train each day to a terminal on the Columbia River. The fuel would be stored in tanks and piped onto export ships bound for Asia. But the company needs approval from the city of Portland to run a pipeline across an environmental zone.

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Portland Protests
7:56 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Tensions Flare In Portland Protests

Demonstrators gathered outside the Justice Center in downtown Portland for a peaceful protest to voice their opinions regarding the decision made by a grand jury in Ferguson.
Credit Alan Sylvestre / OPB

Portland Police arrested seven people Tuesday night, after a peaceful demonstration ended and a smaller group of protesters roamed through the city.

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Export Terminal
7:19 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Port of Portland To House Terminal for Exporting Propane

Pembina Pipeline Corporation plans to invest $500 million in an agreement with the Port of Portland for a propane export facility on the Columbia River.
Credit Pembina Pipeline Corporation

The Port of Portland has reached an agreement to house a Canadian company’s terminal for exporting propane to Asia. For EarthFix, Tony Schick reports.

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Portland Water Contamination
6:14 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Contamination Leads Portland To Issue Water Boil Order

The city of Portland has issued a boil water notice for all Portland Water Bureau customers.
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The city of Portland has issued a boil water notice for all Portland Water Bureau customers.

Until further notice, all customers should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice. The water should boil for at least one minute. Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after May 20 should be discarded.

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Urban Goats
6:33 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Displaced By Development Urban Goat Herd Needs A New Home

Over the years, the presence of goats has turned a vacant lot in an industrial district into something like a community petting zoo.
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A herd of goats is getting the boot in Portland. The goats had been living on a lot in the city's southeast neighborhood, where a developer has been using them to keep the grass down. But now an apartment building is about to go up. So the goats will have to get out. That leaves a lot of people wondering how to keep goats in the city.

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Championships in Portland
4:53 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Portland Selected To Host International Track And Field Event

International track and field organizers announced today that Portland will host the 2016 World Indoor Championships.
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International track and field organizers announced today that Portland will host the 2016 World Indoor Championships. Event organizers predict more than two thousand hotel rooms will be booked. 

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New Public Access to Waterfall
7:22 am
Fri October 11, 2013

You Can See It! Willamette Falls Open to Public For The First Time in 100 Years

Willamette Falls is the second largest waterfall by volume in the country behind Niagara Falls.
Credit Meghan Kearney/USFWS

New plans for a former paper mill site south of Portland would allow public access to one of the largest waterfalls in the country for the first time in 100 years.

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Climate Change Conference
6:27 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Hundreds Gather In Portland For Conference On Climate Change Science

Hundreds of scientists and environmental managers from across the Pacific Northwest are gathering in Portland this week for a two-day conference on climate science.

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Precision Castparts Defense
6:36 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Portland Manufacturer Challenges Its Ranking As Top Toxic Polluter

Portland-based manufacturer Precision Castparts is denouncing a recent study that ranked the company number one in the nation for toxic air pollution.

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