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Oil declines as global economic woes outweigh fears over Iran standoff

July 4, 2019, 5:02pm Business

Oil declined as concerns that slowing economic growth will stymie energy demand outweighed worries that a confrontation with Iran may threaten supplies. Read story

Port of Vancouver’s board of commissioners from left, Don Orange, Eric LaBrant and Jerry Oliver, listen to public statements during a board meeting in January.

Port of Vancouver board: No fossil fuel terminals

Port of Vancouver’s board of commissioners from left, Don Orange, Eric LaBrant and Jerry Oliver, listen to public statements during a board meeting in January.

June 25, 2019, 5:20pm Business

The Port of Vancouver shut the door Tuesday on courting bulk fossil fuel terminals, nearly 17 months after Gov. Jay Inslee rejected plans to build a huge crude oil terminal on port property. Read story

The Port of Vancouver is pictured May 2, 2018.

Environmentalists find issues with port policy

The Port of Vancouver is pictured May 2, 2018.

June 24, 2019, 6:05am Business

Environmentalists, although pleased the Port of Vancouver’s latest draft policy opposes bulk fossil fuel terminals, say they have concerns about specific provisions. Read story

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, workers tend to oil pump jacks behind a natural gas flare near Watford City, N.D. Natural gas is being burned off and wasted at record levels in North Dakota because development of the pipelines and processing facilities needed to handle it has not kept pace. Natural gas production hit a record in March. But about 20 percent of it went up in flames through “flaring,” the process of burning off the gas when it can’t be captured.

As North Dakota oil soars, so does waste of natural gas

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, workers tend to oil pump jacks behind a natural gas flare near Watford City, N.D. Natural gas is being burned off and wasted at record levels in North Dakota because development of the pipelines and processing facilities needed to handle it has not kept pace. Natural gas production hit a record in March. But about 20 percent of it went up in flames through “flaring,” the process of burning off the gas when it can’t be captured.

May 27, 2019, 10:13am Nation & World

North Dakota oil drillers are falling far short of the state’s goals to limit the burning of excess natural gas at well heads, five years after the state adopted the rules to reduce the wasteful and environmentally harmful practice. Read story

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by The Associated Press during a review of federal documents but said it would not have changed their decision.

North Dakota to sue Washington state over new oil train rule

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by The Associated Press during a review of federal documents but said it would not have changed their decision.

May 10, 2019, 4:08pm Business

North Dakota is preparing to sue Washington over a new Washington law requiring oil shipped by rail through that state to have more of its volatile gases removed, which supporters say would reduce the risk of explosive and potentially deadly derailments. Read story

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by The Associated Press during a review of federal documents but said it would not have changed their decision.

North Dakota, Washington at odds over oil train rules

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by The Associated Press during a review of federal documents but said it would not have changed their decision.

April 30, 2019, 11:42am Business

North Dakota officials are pressuring the state of Washington to back off from legislation requiring oil shipped by rail to have more of its volatile gases removed, urging the governor to veto the bill and threatening a lawsuit over worries it could hamper the energy industry of the nation's No.… Read story

FILE - In this June 3, 2016, file image, from video provided by KGW-TV, smoke billows from a Union Pacific train that derailed near Mosier, Ore., in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes.

APNewsBreak: U.S. miscalculated benefit of better train brakes

FILE - In this June 3, 2016, file image, from video provided by KGW-TV, smoke billows from a Union Pacific train that derailed near Mosier, Ore., in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. The Trump administration vastly understated the potential benefits of installing more advanced brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it cancelled a requirement for railroads to begin using the equipment. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes.

December 20, 2018, 3:57pm Latest News

President Donald Trump's administration miscalculated the potential benefits of putting better brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it scrapped an Obama-era rule over cost concerns, The Associated Press has found. Read story

Responders monitoring oil spill on Columbia River

October 25, 2018, 9:27am Business

State and federal officials are responding to an oil spill on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. Read story

An oil train waits to move westbound in Vancouver.

Herrera Beutler introduces bill to reinstate oil-train safety rules

An oil train waits to move westbound in Vancouver.

October 22, 2018, 9:24pm Business

Making good on an earlier pledge, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, introduced legislation to reinstate safety regulations for oil trains. Read story

Environmentalists Alona and Don Steinke canvass the Carter Park neighborhood to inform voters of Initiative 1631, a ballot measure that would price carbon. The Steinkes have become prominent activists in the region’s environmental community.

Fueling a movement: Don Steinke gathers 2,444 signatures for I-1631

Environmentalists Alona and Don Steinke canvass the Carter Park neighborhood to inform voters of Initiative 1631, a ballot measure that would price carbon. The Steinkes have become prominent activists in the region’s environmental community.

October 8, 2018, 6:01am Clark County News

Local activist devotes his energy to fighting climate change Read story