energy http://kuow.org en No Criminal Charges In Deadly Tesoro Refinery Explosion http://kuow.org/post/no-criminal-charges-deadly-tesoro-refinery-explosion <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Justice has closed its four-year criminal investigation into whether environmental and worker safety laws were broken leading up to the fatal Tesoro refinery blast. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:57:41 +0000 John Ryan 40265 at http://kuow.org No Criminal Charges In Deadly Tesoro Refinery Explosion Video: How Ready Are Portland Firefighters For An Oil Train Derailment? http://kuow.org/post/video-how-ready-are-portland-firefighters-oil-train-derailment PORTLAND -- Three oil trains roll through the city each week en route to a shipping terminal down the Columbia River near Clatskanie, Oregon.<p>If one of them were to derail, Portland firefighters say they're not equipped for a major spill, fire, or explosion along the lines of last year's Lac-Megantic explosion in Quebec, Canada.<p>Portland Fire and Rescue Lt. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:07:39 +0000 Alexi Horowitz 39569 at http://kuow.org Video: How Ready Are Portland Firefighters For An Oil Train Derailment? 5 Safety Concerns With Shipping Oil By Water http://kuow.org/post/5-safety-concerns-shipping-oil-water While many Northwest communities are focused on the safety risks of shipping crude oil by rail, a new report raises safety concerns about another shipping method: oil by water.<p>Across the country, more and more domestically produced oil is being shipped by barges and tankers as pipelines fill up to capacity. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:39:40 +0000 Cassandra Profita 39342 at http://kuow.org 5 Safety Concerns With Shipping Oil By Water Oregon Terminal Developer Gets Blessing For Natural Gas Exports http://kuow.org/post/oregon-terminal-developer-gets-blessing-natural-gas-exports <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/073114TB_LNGExport_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal near Astoria, Oregon, <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-conditionally-authorizes-oregon-lng-export-liquefied-natural-gas">received the U.S. Department of Energy’s blessing</a> Thursday to export to all overseas markets. It's a necessary approval to make the controversial project pencil out, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut many hurdles remain.</span><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:37:08 +0000 Tom Banse 39340 at http://kuow.org Oregon Terminal Developer Gets Blessing For Natural Gas Exports Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Solution http://kuow.org/post/hanford-vapors-its-still-difficult-track-down-solution <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070914AK_Hanfordvaportour_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Since the spring, a run of workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have needed medical attention from exposure to chemical vapors. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy led a bus load of journalists to points across the site to show off what they’re doing to keep workers safe.<p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:23:05 +0000 Anna King 38044 at http://kuow.org Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Solution U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan http://kuow.org/post/us-offshore-wind-energy-area-would-nearly-double-under-new-plan A large swath of the Atlantic Ocean could soon be used to generate electricity, as a U.S. agency proposes opening more than 1,000 square miles of ocean to wind energy projects. The area is off the coast of Massachusetts, which has been working on the proposal with federal officials.<p>The area under consideration is near the region where parcels for offshore wind farms were <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/02/207308203/sold-first-parcels-auctioned-for-future-offshore-wind-farms">auctioned off last year</a>, in what one U.S. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:18:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36595 at http://kuow.org U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan Washington State, Energy Department Continue Talks Over Hanford Tank Cleanup http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-energy-department-continue-talks-over-hanford-tank-cleanup <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061614AK_Hanford_NEW_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state and the U.S. Department of Energy just gave themselves a 40-day deadline. They need a clear cleanup plan for leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the </span>Hanford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nuclear Reservation.</span><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:31:04 +0000 Anna King 36529 at http://kuow.org Washington State, Energy Department Continue Talks Over Hanford Tank Cleanup How Crowdfunding May Help Build Solar Roadways http://kuow.org/post/how-crowdfunding-may-help-build-solar-roadways You’re moving slowly through rush hour traffic. Instead of asphalt, your car is driving on top of specially designed solar panels. That’s the vision of one Northern Idaho couple. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:06:20 +0000 Courtney Flatt 36255 at http://kuow.org How Crowdfunding May Help Build Solar Roadways Under New EPA Rules, Washington To Face Deepest Mandatory Cuts In CO2 Emissions http://kuow.org/post/under-new-epa-rules-washington-face-deepest-mandatory-cuts-co2-emissions SEATTLE -- Under the new rules released by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, each state has a specific percentage by which it has to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.<p>The average of all the individual state-level cuts will be CO2 emissions from power plants 30 percent below 2005 levels.<p>"It’s a goal that we can, should and will meet, in part because we’ve already taken early action in our state," Washington Gov. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:04:40 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 36254 at http://kuow.org Under New EPA Rules, Washington To Face Deepest Mandatory Cuts In CO2 Emissions Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States http://kuow.org/post/despite-confidentiality-concerns-bnsf-will-report-oil-shipments-states <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/060614AJ_OilTrains_web_3.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>BNSF Railway said Friday it will comply with Saturday's federal deadline to provide states with information about the frequency and routes of oil trains from North Dakota and Montana.<p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:23:40 +0000 Austin Jenkins 36024 at http://kuow.org Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States Regulators Discuss The Future Of Coal-Fired Power In The West http://kuow.org/post/regulators-discuss-future-coal-fired-power-west SEATTLE -- The Obama administration’s new rules to cut carbon emissions fueled energy sector leaders' conversations about the future of coal in the West during their gathering here this week.<p>The Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners on Wednesday wrapped up its conference -- a gathering of the people who decide where the region's power comes from and how to regulate it.<p>Now that the Environmental Protection Agency is <a href="http://earthfix.info/energy/article/federal-rules-on-co2-emissions-could-mean-less-tal/" title="">proposing that states cut CO2 emissions from power plan Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:23:23 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 35835 at http://kuow.org Regulators Discuss The Future Of Coal-Fired Power In The West Court-Ordered Negotiations Between Feds, Washington State Are Up http://kuow.org/post/court-ordered-negotiations-between-feds-washington-state-are <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/060414AK_Hanford40days_NEW_web_2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>This week is the deadline for the State of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy to reach an agreement on how to clean up radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The two sides can’t agree on a timeline.<p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:22:55 +0000 Anna King 35836 at http://kuow.org Court-Ordered Negotiations Between Feds, Washington State Are Up Vancouver City Council Votes 5-2 To Oppose Northwest's Largest Oil Terminal http://kuow.org/post/vancouver-city-council-votes-5-2-oppose-northwests-largest-oil-terminal Hundreds gathered at the Hilton Vancouver Convention Center and stayed late into the night Monday for a Vancouver City Council hearing on a resolution opposing what would be the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail shipping facility.<p>More than 140 people signed up to testify at the hearing. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:15:06 +0000 Cassandra Profita 35763 at http://kuow.org Vancouver City Council Votes 5-2 To Oppose Northwest's Largest Oil Terminal Local Coal? A Mom And Pop Coal Mine Near Seattle Looks To Get Back To Work http://kuow.org/post/local-coal-mom-and-pop-coal-mine-near-seattle-looks-get-back-work BLACK DIAMOND, Wash. Fri, 16 May 2014 14:40:03 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 34572 at http://kuow.org Local Coal? A Mom And Pop Coal Mine Near Seattle Looks To Get Back To Work Propane And Butane Export Terminal Proposed For Longview, Wash. http://kuow.org/post/propane-and-butane-export-terminal-proposed-longview-wash Nearly <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/business/energy-environment/industry-in-north-dakota-promises-to-reduce-flared-natural-gas.html?_r=0" title="">30 percent of the gas released</a> during crude oil production in the Bakken oil fields is flared off – burned into the air and essentially wasted.<p>This week, a Houston-based company proposed building a terminal in Longview, Wash. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:04:35 +0000 Cassandra Profita 32362 at http://kuow.org Propane And Butane Export Terminal Proposed For Longview, Wash.