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Articles tagged oil spill

Sept. 4, 2014, 11:54 a.m.

Conservation Groups Concerned Oil Spill Would Harm Wildlife

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.

Aug. 5, 2014, 1:20 p.m.

Columbia Gorge Commission Sounds Alarm On Coal, Oil Transport

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.

July 31, 2014, 5:21 p.m.

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.

March 24, 2014, 1 a.m.

EarthFix Conversation: 25 Years Later, Scientists Remember The Exxon Valdez

Two scientists who responded to the Exxon Valdez spill talk about the impacts, then and now, of Alaska's tragic oil spill.

Feb. 12, 2014, 2:08 p.m.

Navy Says Failed Pump Led To Oily Wastewater Spill In Puget Sound

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.

Feb. 11, 2014, 5 p.m.

Up To 2,000 Gallons Of Oily Water Spilled In Hood Canal

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.

Jan. 9, 2014, 6:35 p.m.

Northwest Officials Receive Little Information On Oil-By-Rail Shipments

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.

Oct. 11, 2013, 11:41 a.m.

North Dakota Oil Spill Could Fuel Northwest Debate

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.

Aug. 27, 2013, 2:32 p.m.

Sunken Vessel On Columbia May Be Spilling Oil

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.

Aug. 12, 2013, 6 a.m.

65-Foot Oregon Fishing Vessel Grounded West Of Valdez

The Coast Guard says a 65-foot, Oregon-based fishing vessel has run aground four miles west of Valdez, Alaska.

May 21, 2013, 7:30 a.m.

Wash. Governor Inslee Signs Derelict Vessels Bill

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would provide more environmental protections against derelict vessels in Washington's waterways.

March 25, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Washington Set To Pass Legislation On Derelict Vessels But Funding Problems Remain

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.

March 19, 2013, 7:02 a.m.

Prison Sentence in $22M Columbia Oil Spill Case

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.

Jan. 28, 2013, 11:52 a.m.

Derelict Vessel Owner Ordered To Pay More Than $1 Million For Columbia River Oil Spill

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.

Sept. 27, 2012, 4:44 p.m.

Columbia River Spill Comes During Series Of Oil Spill Readiness Hearings

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.

May 29, 2012, 6:36 a.m.

Video Captures Oil Spill As Divers Prepare To Lift Derelict Vessel

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.

May 18, 2012, 1:42 p.m.

Coast Guard Understated Fuel Aboard Derelict Ship

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.

May 17, 2012, 3 p.m.

Your Weekly EarthFix: Derelict Vessels, Algae Blooms, Orcas and More

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.

April 16, 2012, 1 a.m.

Washington Not Ready For Implications Of B.C. Pipeline Expansion

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.

Feb. 21, 2012, 1 a.m.

Costly Davy Crockett Oil Spill Could Have Been Prevented

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.

Nov. 28, 2011, 1 a.m.

NW Readiness for Oil Spills Drops As Risks Increase

Every year, vessels carry more than [15 billion]( "") 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.

Oct. 25, 2011, 8 a.m.

Field Notes: San Juan Islands' Oil Safety Darling

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]( "")), she regularly convenes folks living on the islands, which could lose everything if a major oil spill were to occur.

Oct. 4, 2011, 2 p.m.

EarthFix Conversations: a live chat with Eric Becker, director of Sound and Vision

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.