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Erin Middlewood

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Vancouver seeks oil spill risk assessment

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood April 19, 2014 11:41 p.m.

The city of Vancouver is seeking an independent assessment of the region's readiness for possible oil spills, explosions or other accidents that may result from the Northwest's largest proposed oil-by-train terminal.

Getting plugged in with electric cars  

By Erin Middlewood April 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Amid the minivans and SUVs in the parking lot at the soccer field, Jo Roberts' electric car stands out.

Analyst: Look at oil-by-rail big picture

By Erin Middlewood April 10, 2014 7:26 p.m.

As big as the oil terminal proposed for Vancouver would be, it should not be weighed in isolation, an environmental policy analyst told a gathering Thursday at WSU Vancouver.

Nustar wants to handle crude oil locally

By Erin Middlewood April 3, 2014 7:43 p.m.

The proposed Tesoro-Savage terminal, which would be the largest oil-by-rail facility in the Northwest, has overshadowed a smaller but significant crude oil proposal for Vancouver.

EFSEC plans broad review of oil terminal plan

By Erin Middlewood April 2, 2014 8:25 p.m.

The Washington state board reviewing what would be the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal will undertake a sweeping analysis of the facility’s environmental effects — from the extraction of the oil to its ultimate consumption.

Archdiocese's hunt for fraud goes on

By Erin Middlewood March 22, 2014 5:01 p.m.

Nearly two weeks after the Archdiocese of Seattle posted an urgent notice that the Social Security numbers of employees and volunteers had been used in a national tax-fraud scheme, details are still hard to come by.

Sifton residents clean up homeless camp, remain watchful

By Erin Middlewood March 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Homelessness leaves a trail across Clark County. These piles of moldy sleeping bags, flattened tents, broken coolers, picked-over garbage and dirty syringes bear witness to how the people who lived there scrounged to survive.

How did things go so horribly wrong?

By Erin Middlewood March 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Imagine you're driving on Interstate 5, barrelling along at 70 mph, when you see a car coming straight at you.

Fire District 5's dilemma

By Erin Middlewood March 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Glenwood, Sifton, Proebstel and Orchards lie miles outside Vancouver. Residents pay taxes to Clark County Fire Protection District 5 and vote for fire commissioners. Just the same, if a house catches fire there, it's a Vancouver truck that will answer the call.

A loud 'no' so far on oil terminal in Vancouver

By Erin Middlewood March 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Those who have commented on the proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail facility at the Port of Vancouver are overwhelmingly opposed to the project, according to a report released by the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council this week.

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