Millions of gallons of crude are making the journey from North Dakota to the Pacific Northwest every year and even more oil could be on its way if a proposed oil terminal is built at the Port of Vancouver. Learn more about our region's connection to North Dakota in our two-part series. In part one, we take a deeper look at the Bakken oil boom, issues surrounding the transport of that oil and how it could affect the Northwest for years to come. In part two, we look at the groups and individuals in the Northwest — including the Port of Vancouver and other Clark County businesses — that wants to cash in on the North Dakota oil boom.
By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press
September 30, 2014 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.
Most Clark County residents don't pay close attention to the North Dakota Industrial Commission. But the three-member regulatory body has the authority to influence something increasingly familiar to Southwest Washington and the Northwest: oil trains.
By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press
September 25, 2014 8:40 p.m.
BILLINGS, Mont. — The oil industry's lead trade group released new standards on Thursday for testing and classifying crude shipped by rail after prior shipments were misclassified, including a train that derailed in Canada and killed 47 people.
By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press
September 24, 2014 9:41 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS — BP wanted its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must stick by its agreement with the companies it compensated for business losses due to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
The companies seeking to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver have thrown a counterpunch at the developer who argues the terminal will severely curtail his plan to construct a $1.3 billion commercial/residential redevelopment of the city's waterfront.
A market analysis commissioned by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies says a plan to redevelop Vancouver's waterfront "is not viable as conceived," which makes arguments that the companies' proposed oil-by-rail terminal will negatively impact it "irrelevant."
State investment boards in Washington and Oregon are "bankrolling" oil, coal and gas infrastructure, a new analysis asserts, despite public calls by those states' governors to shift to renewables to fight global climate change.
By PHUONG LE, Associated Press
September 16, 2014 4:52 p.m.
SEATTLE — With increasing numbers of trains carrying volatile crude oil through Seattle's "antiquated" downtown rail tunnel, city emergency planners say more must be done to lower the risk of an oil train accident and improve the city's ability to respond.