Several fiery derailments prompt the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring crude oil from North Dakota and Montana to be tested before being transported by railroads.
Only a small percentage of trains carrying hazardous materials are inspected as they move through Oregon and Washington. Safety advocates and legislators are more concerned about what federal regulations allow than the fewer than 1 percent of cars found with safety violations.
Northwest emergency responders gather for some verbal role-playing when it comes to an oil spill -- an increasing possibility under the region's many oil-by-rail proposals. **(Updated Nov. 20)**
Hundreds of people came to the waterfront in Vancouver, Wash., Saturday for a sun-baked demonstration against the fossil fuel industry, and its projects in the Northwest.
The Port of Vancouver Commission voted unanimously today to approve a lease for a controversial oil terminal proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies.
A deadly Quebec oil-train explosion has given pause to Port of Vancouver commissioners in southwest Washington. They want to rethink their next move with a proposal for a terminal to move oil from trains onto ships.
Pacific Northwest refineries have been getting their crude oil for years from tankers and pipelines. Last September, trains began shipping crude oil into the region by rail.
In one Northwest location, the winter of 2012-2013 has been one of the worst on record for landslide destruction. And that has some wondering if the problem will get worse as a result of climate change.
The Port of Grays Harbor has announced an agreement to lease property for a crude oil unloading and storage facility. The oil would arrive by train and then be loaded on to barges bound for refineries on the West coast.
A critical assessment of industry's plans to haul coal through the Northwest warns that huge increases in train traffic could tie up existing rail lines, spew coal dust across several states and force communities to help cover billions of dollars in improvements.
There's a lot of coal in the middle of the U.S. and China wants it, putting the Northwest right in the middle of transportation routes. EarthFix's Ashley Ahearn gets the lowdown on coal and how it's moving through the Northwest.