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Eric Florip

transportation & environment reporter


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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.

Vancouver man dies, five others hurt, in morning crash

By Mark Bowder and Eric Florip August 16, 2014 6:09 p.m.

One person was killed and five others injured early Saturday in what the Washington State Patrol is calling an alcohol-involved rollover crash on Interstate 205.

Labor group resolution praises CRC effort

By Eric Florip August 15, 2014 7:25 p.m.

A local labor group on Friday passed a resolution expressing gratitude to hundreds of individuals and organizations that worked on the defunct Columbia River Crossing project.

C-Tran seeks to revisit TriMet contract

By Eric Florip August 12, 2014 10:20 p.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday directed its staff to reach out to TriMet and revisit a controversial light-rail contract the two agencies signed last year.

C-Tran takes electric bus for extended test drive

By Eric Florip August 12, 2014 6 a.m.

An extended test drive this month will give some C-Tran riders a look at an all-electric bus.

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