As fires continue to rage through tinder-dry wildlands in Oregon, Washington and California, Northwest-based politicians are leading an effort to change how the federal government pays to fight and prevent these wildfires.
Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are calling on the National Transportation Safety Board to review the sufficiency of the U.S. Department of Transportation's latest emergency order on oil trains.
U.S. senators from Oregon and California have introduced legislation aimed at restoring the Klamath Basin and reforming the way water is distributed in this arid region that straddles the states.
Oregon's two U.S. senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, on Friday urged the Department of Transportation to expand its call for greater transparency to include all shipments of crude oil, not just that produced in the Bakken region of North Dakota.
Friday's ceremonial acknowledgement of a new agreement in the Klamath Basin shifts the hard work of consensus building from the drought-afflicted region stradling Oregon and California to the U.S. Congress.
U.S. Sen Patty Murray, D-Wash., plans hearing on oil train safety while Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Maria Cantwell of Washington push for federal spending to speed up tank car retrofitting and increase rail inspections.
They don't have plans for a filibuster, since they lack a bill and a scheduled vote. But more than two dozen Democratic U.S. lawmakers do have a lot to say about the perils of climate change -- along with a free Monday night and access to the floor of the U.S. Senate.
When it comes to the many underground tanks at Hanford filled with radioactive sludge, just how much do we know? U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says not enough.
U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley call on railroad company executives to address mounting concerns about oil train safety along the Columbia River.
Protesters have spent the past six months living in the woods on a ridge near Roseburg, Oregon to try to prevent logging on the site. It sounds like an old story, but there’s a new twist. A forestry professor says the logging was designed to mimic nature.
There was a time when you wouldn't see politicians hold still for a photo op in the Klamath Basin. But that's what's in the works in Klamath Falls, where an almost-done deal could change the way water is divided up in a thirsty corner of the Northwest.
Sen, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced a bill that sets the stage for sweeping changes in the management of 2.1 million acres of federal forest in Western Oregon.
Groups from Southern Oregon and Northern California rallied in Portland Thursday for a project along the Klamath River to restore fish habitat and remove four dams.
Should the U.S. export its abundant supply of shale gas? Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden raised that question in a hearing Tuesday -- his first since taking over chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
The U.S. Secretary of Interior says his agency is investigating whether mining companies are skirting royalty rules as they increase exports of coal to Asia, but have issued no violations yet.
Calls for tighter oversight of federal coal leases could impact the future of five coal export terminals proposed for the Pacific Northwest. Here are 10 things you should know about the federal coal leasing program in the Powder River Basin.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is poised to chair the Committee on Energy and Natural resources. He’ll take the gavel from New Mexico Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring at the end of the year. The position will give Wyden more power to influence the debate over coal and gas exports.
The Seattle City Council is voting to oppose coal exports through Washington. Increasingly, politicians are questioning or flat-out opposing such activity in the Northwest, where there are proposals to build six coal export terminals. **Update, 3:30 p.m.:** Seattle City Council vote is unanimous to oppose coal trains.
The Us Senate takes up the question of who will oversee the wildlife-rich stretch of land now occupied by the Umatilla Chemical Depot after the U.S. Army finishes shutting it down this fall.