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Eric Florip

transportation & environment reporter


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Biomass project nets $200k state grant

By Eric Florip August 27, 2014 5:37 p.m.

A $200,000 state grant will support a new biomass-fueled power plant near Stevenson expected to be operational next year, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday. The money will go to Wind River Biomass Utility, which has pursued the project will local, state and federal partners.

Leaders celebrate completion of Salmon Creek project

By Eric Florip August 27, 2014 7:17 p.m.

Seventeen years after planning began, state transportation officials and local leaders celebrated the end of the $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange Project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

BNSF executive: Oil train safety can improve  

By Eric Florip August 26, 2014 8:16 p.m.

As questions continue to swirl about the safety of transporting crude oil by rail, BNSF Railway’s top executive acknowledged Tuesday that the process can be safer, and said his company welcomes the regulatory push toward more modern tank cars.

Vancouver Lake group ponders merger

By Eric Florip August 23, 2014 4:38 p.m.

The Vancouver Lake Watershed Partnership plans to explore joining forces with another organization as the group rethinks its role in supporting its namesake ecosystem.

Analysis: Oil terminal could have $2 billion impact

By Eric Florip August 22, 2014 12:15 p.m.

A proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver could generate an estimated $2 billion in “economic value” to the local and regional economy, and 176 permanent on-site jobs once the facility is fully operational, according to a new analysis released today.

Vancouver oil terminal effort given new name

By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip August 20, 2014 5:58 p.m.

The two companies proposing to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver plan to release a new economic analysis of the project during an invitation-only event Friday. Meanwhile, Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies are calling their joint venture by a new name: Vancouver Energy.

Getting a piece of the Bakken pie

By Eric Florip August 18, 2014 6 a.m.

WILLISTON, N.D. — Just off Highway 1804, a high grassy slope offers a sweeping view of the epicenter of North Dakota's oil boom.

Bakken oil boom echoes in Clark County

By Eric Florip August 17, 2014 6 a.m.

On a rare day off, Chris Piche reached into the bed of his pickup truck and pulled out a small plastic container holding his livelihood. The former Battle Ground resident opened it and poured its contents into an empty water bottle. The thin, dark orange-tinted liquid, about the consistency of water, flowed in as yellow bubbles formed on top. He held it up under the bright sunlight for a better view. “That’s crude oil,” Piche said.

Salmon Creek interchange scheduled to open Aug. 27

By Eric Florip August 17, 2014 6 a.m.

The wait is over: At the end of this month, drivers will have their first chance to use the new freeway interchange at Northeast 139th Street in Salmon Creek.

Hoops along rim of the park

By Eric Florip August 16, 2014 7:32 p.m.

The view was different, but the return of Hoops on the River on Saturday brought some familiar faces to downtown Vancouver.

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