oil

Ready For Arctic Oil Spill
5:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Shell's Arctic "Beer Can" Passes Federal Test In Puget Sound

The Arctic Challenger lowering its containment dome into Puget Sound during tests in March
TJ Guiton

Shell Oil Co. had to postpone its Arctic drilling until 2014 after one of its oil rigs ran aground off the Alaska coast this winter, but Shell’s efforts to open a new frontier of oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean continue in Puget Sound.

The oil giant passed a key test with federal regulators in March in the waters off Anacortes, Wash., north of Seattle.

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Crude Oil Proposal
9:19 am
Fri April 12, 2013

No Coal For Grays Harbor, But Maybe Oil

More trains hauling oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields, like this one passing through Montana, could be heading to the Port of Grays Harbor, Wash.
Flickr/Roy.Luck

The Port of Grays Harbor has announced an agreement to lease property for a crude oil unloading and storage facility. The oil would arrive by train and then be loaded on to barges bound for refineries on the West Coast.

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Investigation Long Overdue
5:11 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Safety Problems Old And New At Anacortes Oil Refineries

Chemical Safety Board chief investigator Bob Hall in Burlington, Wash., in April 2010, when he said investigating the Tesoro refinery blast would take 18 months
KUOW/John Ryan

The Shell Oil Co. refinery in Anacortes, Wash., sprang a leak last week. Shell quickly shut down the equipment that was boiling oil to make gasoline, but the shutdown led to a release of toxic gases.

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Tax Subsidies
11:55 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Is It Time To End Oil Subsidies?

Professor Steve Horwitz speaking at the 2013 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore

While policymakers debate the government’s budget, the Brookings Institute, a private nonprofit research organization, decided to host their own brainstorming session. They asked experts from all different fields to submit ideas for responsible deficit reduction.

One expert, Harvard professor Joseph Aldy, drafted a proposal eliminating oil and gas tax subsidies. A move Aldy estimates would save the US government $41 billion over 10 years.

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Crude-By-Rail
8:55 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Northwest On Verge Of Becoming Pacific Crude Oil Gateway

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:19 pm

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Northwest is on the verge of becoming a gateway for crude oil. Three different developers have plans to use docks on Grays Harbor, Washington to transfer crude oil from trains to ships. Other projects are getting off the ground in Tacoma, Vancouver, B.C. and on the lower Columbia River.

There was a huge turnout Wednesday night at an introductory public workshop in Aberdeen, Washington. The response indicates crude-by-rail may be the region’s next big environmental controversy.

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Energy Independence
12:20 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Addressing Climate Change In The Northwest

Energy expert Amory Lovins says the United States can replace all oil and coal by the year 2050, without nuclear power, new federal taxes or subsidies, or new inventions. At the same time, we can grow the US economy by 158 percent.

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Coast Guard Rescue
7:58 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Shell's Seattle-Bound Oil Rig Evacuated, Lost, Recovered In Gulf Of Alaska

A Coast Guard helicopter crew conducts hoists of the first six of 18 crewmen from the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, 12/29/12. Rescue was prompted after there were problems with the tow Friday.
Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis US Coast Guard

UPDATE: The Kulluk ran aground late Monday night, with 150,000 gallons of diesel and oil on board.

A floating oil rig that was abandoned on Saturday in heavy seas in the Gulf of Alaska is being towed away from land — a second time.

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Arctic Drilling
3:13 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Oil Rig Adrift In Alaska

The tug Nanuq and the tug Aiviq (not pictured) tow the mobile drilling unit Kulluk in 15 to 20-foot seas, 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, 12/29/12. The tug Aiviq lost the initial tow Thursday and suffered several engine failures.
Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis US Coast Guard

An oil rig that was on its way to a Seattle shipyard from Alaska went adrift in the Gulf of Alaska on Sunday. John Ryan told Ross Reynolds about it on The Conversation.


Other
12:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

The Big Flatline: Oil And The No-Growth Economy

Jeff Rubin was a high-flying economist at a major Canadian investment bank, until he decided to write a book about how high oil prices were going to flatten the global economy.  Ross Reynolds talks Jeff Rubin about the steadily mounting demand for cheap oil in a world of dwindling supply.

Environment
8:41 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Oil Trains On The Rise In The Northwest

Ann Jones watches a train pass in front of her home outside of Bellingham. Trains carrying oil through the Northwest are on the rise.
Katie Campbell

As regulators in the region weigh the potential impacts of trains full of coal moving along the Columbia River and the shores of Puget Sound, trainloads of oil are quietly on the move. There are billions of barrels of oil in the Bakken shale formation – located in North Dakota and Montana mainly. And some of that oil is now making its way to refineries in Puget Sound.

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