As more oil trains travel along the Columbia River and Puget Sound, conservation groups worry that cleanup plans could harm sensitive wildlife, like endangered salmon and shorebirds. that concern is prompting legal action.
The Columbia River Gorge Commission has passed a resolution against the transport of coal and crude oil along the river that divides Washington and Oregon.
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.
Two scientists who responded to the Exxon Valdez spill talk about the impacts, then and now, of Alaska's tragic oil spill.
The Navy blames a failed pump for its spill of 2,000 gallons of oily wastewater in Puget Sound's Hood Canal. Containing the spill is like "chasing a ghost," a spokesman said.
Officials are responding to a spill of oily bilge water in Washington's Puget Sound. The spill occurred at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and has spread 10 miles north to Hood Canal.
Northwesterners are paying attention to the fiery derailments hitting other parts of North America where the oil-by-rail boom is underway. State regulators here say they need more disclosure from railroad and oil companies to prepare for such oil-train mishaps.
News out this week about a North Dakota oil spill will likely raise eyebrows here in the Northwest. Reuters reports that a farmer Steve Jensen discovered an oil spill on his wheat field.
Washington officials responding to a sunken vessel in the Columbia River are advising people to avoid contact with a stretch of the water downstream from Longview.
The Coast Guard says a 65-foot, Oregon-based fishing vessel has run aground four miles west of Valdez, Alaska.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would provide more environmental protections against derelict vessels in Washington's waterways.
Bills to fund the clean up and prevention of derelict vessels have now been passed in the Washington house and senate, but no permanent sources of funding for large vessel removal have been identified.
The owner of a derelict barge that required a $22 million cleanup after oil spilled into the Columbia River in southwest Washington has been sentenced to four months in prison.
A Washington man and his company have been hit with a $405,000 fine for the 2011 oil spill in the Columbia River from the derelict vessel Davy Crockett. Washington state also is charging him $680,000 in cleanup costs.
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.
The derelict vessel Deep Sea, which sank off Puget Sound's Whidbey Island, continues to leak oil as the Washington Department of Ecology prepares to lift it from the water this week.
The U.S. Coast Guard inspected the derelict fishing vessel, Deep Sea, months before it caught fire and sank this week in Puget Sound, polluting waters used for raising shellfish. The Coast Guard, however, reported that the vessel contained "minimal fuel." That has not turned out to be the case.
Get the latest on algae blooms, critters and climate change, orcas, water sharing in the Yakima valley and more. Host Ashley Ahearn talks with EarthFix's Derelict Vessel Diva Bonnie Stewart about the latest sunken vessel, which leaked 3,500 gallons of oil, costing one Puget Sound shellfisherman tens of thousands of dollars.
Canadian pipeline operators are considering expanding the pipeline that brings oil from the Alberta oil sands to Western British Columbia. And we're not talking about your typical Alaska crude.
The U.S. Coast Guard and its contractors spent 10 months and $22 million removing the Davy Crockett barge from the Columbia River in 2011. Workers prevented a major environmental disaster, but an EarthFix investigation has found that state and federal officials could have prevented an oil spill and the need for a multi-million-dollar cleanup.
Every year, vessels carry more than [15 billion](http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/studies_reports/ecypspreview-dwhcommissionreport.html "") of gallons of oil and fuel through Pacific Northwest waters, putting Washington and Oregon at constant risk of spills that could cripple parts of their economies and devastate marine life and environmentally sensitive shorelines.
Julie Knight is the beating heart of oil spill preparedness on the San Juan Islands. As director of the nonprofit IOSA ([Islands’ Oil Spill Association](http://iosaonline.org/ "")), she regularly convenes folks living on the islands, which could lose everything if a major oil spill were to occur.
Ashley Ahearn from EarthFix and KUOW spent some time Tuesday discussing Puget Sound's environmental challenges with Eric Becker, director of the documentary Sound and Vision. Check out this EarthFix Conversation, where you'll find links to film clips and the transcript of a lively chat.