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A hearing for a proposed project at an oil refinery at Anacortes has drawn vocal opposition and support.
State regulators say a judge erred when he overturned $2.39 million in penalties against Tesoro following the 2010 deadly explosion at its Anacortes refinery.
Astoria, Ore., has added itself to the list of cities opposed to the Vancouver Energy oil terminal.
Skagit County reached no new conclusions in the final environmental impact statement it released Monday for a project proposed at the Tesoro Anacortes Refinery at March Point.
The one-year anniversary of the oil train derailment in Mosier is a potent reminder that Spokane and all communities along the tracks are at risk.
The Port of Vancouver didn’t violate the State Environmental Policy Act when it leased property for what could be the nation’s largest oil terminal, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision. Environmental groups Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center argued the port commissioners violated state environmental laws when it agreed to lease land to Savage Cos. and Tesoro Corp., now collaborating as Vancouver Energy, without the project first undergoing the analysis for an environmental impact statement.
Three years and three months later, a massive oil spill in North Dakota still isn’t fully cleaned up. The company responsible hasn’t even set a date for completion.
Donald Trump comes into office with a plan to toss out most of what President Barack Obama achieved on energy and the environment.
The Vancouver City Council has voted to prohibit new or expanded crude oil storage facilities in the city.
Oil trains are too dangerous to encourage 28 more per week. Gov. Inslee should reject an oil terminal in Vancouver.
Building a crude oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington, puts Spokane and other communities at risk from increased oil train traffic, without offering any local economic benefits, opponents of the project told state officials Thursday night.
Local residents will have a chance to sound off Thursday on an oil terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver that would funnel four more oil trains daily though Sandpoint and Spokane.
Spokane’s “voice will be heard” during this year’s discussion over the proposal to build a crude oil facility in Vancouver, Washington, which would greatly increase the amount of crude oil running on the rail lines through downtown Spokane. The state’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council said Thursday that the city – as well as a number of environmental, tribal and governmental entities – was granted intervention status, meaning the city will be part of the formal hearings regarding the facility.
A BNSF freight train pulling 103 cars of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation derailed in rural Illinois last week, sending flames and jet-black smoke into the sky and triggering warnings from federal officials of a “substantial danger” of contaminating the Mississippi River. Last month, a similar incident occurred in rural West Virginia when an oil train carrying 70,000 barrels of Bakken oil derailed and exploded, engulfing 19 tanker cars in flames, destroying a home and sending giant fireballs 300 feet into the air. In 2013, a train carrying Bakken crude crashed in a Quebec town, killing 47 people.
Refinery owner Tesoro will upgrade its rail fleet for shipping crude oil by midyear, purchasing newer, puncture-resistant rail cars. The San Antonio company’s announcement follows a string of fiery oil train derailments in the United States and Canada, including one that killed 47 people in Quebec last July. The explosions prompted federal scrutiny and concerns from states and communities on the route of oil trains.
A proposal to ship North Dakota crude oil through Spokane by train drew mostly opponents at a hearing Wednesday night. About 75 people showed up for the state hearing on a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver that could result in up to four oil trains daily passing through Spokane.
Minnesota-based Supervalu Inc. has sold its six Spokane and North Idaho Albertsons gas service stations to Tesoro Corp. A company announcement Wednesday said the locations being taken over by Tesoro are at 1617 Northwest Blvd., 8901 N. Indian Trail Road, 6616 N. Nevada St., 8915 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley, 55 W. Prairie Ave. in Hayden, and 198 W. Ironwood Drive in Coeur d’Alene.
New surveillance photos show a suspect in an Oct. 5 shooting entering a convenience store in a wheelchair before the incident, which injured a teenager in both legs. Spokane police do not believe the man, described as Hispanic and in his late teens or 20s, needs the wheelchair.