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Aug. 5, 2014

Video: How Ready Are Portland Firefighters For An Oil Train Derailment?

If an oil train were to derail, Portland firefighters say they're not equipped for a major spill, fire, or explosion along the lines of last year's Lac-Megantic explosion in Quebec, Canada.

Aug. 4, 2014

Tribes Hold Vigils For Columbia River Salmon

Seventeen vigils are planned by Native Americans in the U.S. and Canada as the two countries prepare to renegotiate a treaty concerning the river.

Pollution From Columbia River Dams Must Be Disclosed

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement.

New Rule: No Bee-Harming Pesticides, GMO Crops On U.S. Wildlife Refuges

Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it was phasing out a class of bee-harming pesticides on wildlife refuges in the Pacific region. That rule now applies nationwide.

Aug. 1, 2014

Study Says Poor Planning Contributes To Wildfire Costs

Wildfires in the West are getting bigger, hotter and more costly. A new report says climate change is one major reason wildfires are getting worse -- and short-sighted development policies are a big reason they’re costing more.

Oregon Terminal Developer Gets Blessing For Natural Gas Exports

A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal near Astoria, Oregon, gets the U.S. Department of Energy’s blessing Thursday to export to all overseas markets. It's a big step but many hurdles remain.

3 West Coast Governors Oppose Offshore Drilling

The governors of California, Oregon and Washington sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel on Thursday to stress that they don’t want the possibility of drilling off of the West Coast.

July 31, 2014

Oregon Wildlife Officials Suspect Spread Of Elk Hoof Disease

Wildlife veterinarians suspect a mysterious disease that's been causing elk hoof deformities in Southwest Washington has now crossed into Oregon.

How Drones Could Make Forest Restoration Easier

Drones could soon be the newest gadgets in forest conservation. A group of Washington college students recently built and tested a drone that will survey the health of the forest.

5 Safety Concerns With Shipping Oil By Water

While many officials are focused on the safety risks of shipping crude oil by rail, a new report raises safety concerns about another shipping method: oil by water.