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Natural Gas
8:49 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Washington LNG Plant Still Not Safe For Investigators

Google Earth view of the liquefied natural gas storage facility in Plymouth, Wash.
Google Earth

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 3:20 pm

State and federal pipeline safety investigators have not yet been able to access the scene of an explosion and fire at a natural gas facility in southeast Washington.

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EarthFix Reports
5:30 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

What Does The Plymouth Explosion Mean For LNG Proposals?

Duane VanBeek tells Plymouth residents that the evacuation zone had been reduced to one mile. An explosion at an LNG storage tank forced them from their homes Monday morning. Many returned home after spending the day at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Courtney Flatt

People opposed to exporting liquefied natural gas in Oregon say Monday’s explosion along the Columbia River points out safety problems at these types of facilities. But project supporters say the explosion should not affect decisions about their facilities.

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Natural Gas
7:13 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Washington State To Investigate Explosion At LNG Plant

Google Earth view of the liquefied natural gas storage facility in Plymouth, Wash.
Credit Google Earth

State and federal pipeline safety investigators have been dispatched to the site of an explosion and fire at the Williams Northwest Pipeline liquefied natural gas facility in Plymouth, Wash.

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Natural Gas
2:13 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Explosion At LNG Plant Leads To Evacuations

Smoke rises from the Williams Co. liquid natural gas plant near Plymouth, Wash., on Monday after an explosion at the site. The photo is taken from Umatilla.
Credit Contributed Photo/The East Oregonian

PLYMOUTH, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say four workers were injured and about 200 residents were evacuated after a large explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing plant in the eastern Washington town of Plymouth.

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Price At The Pump
9:41 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Utilities Want To Offer Natural Gas Truck Refueling, Competitors Object

Clean Energy operates this CNG filling station near the airport in SeaTac, Wash.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 9:44 am

Trucking fleet operators in the Northwest are showing growing interest in filling up with natural gas instead of diesel.

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Transportation
8:38 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Washington Ferry System Sets Course To Convert To Natural Gas

Schematic showing LNG fuel tank retrofit atop a Washington State ferry.
Washington State Ferries

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 8:24 am

The nation's biggest ferry system is aiming to convert some of its fleet from diesel to natural gas propulsion.

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Environment
11:53 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Hydrofracking: The Controversy Behind Mining For Natural Gas

Alex Prud’homme's book "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."

Steve Scher sits down with Alex Prud’homme, writer and journalist, to talk about his new book, "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."  Prud’homme explains the basics of the controversial method of mining natural gas and outlines both sides of the debate. 

Natural Gas Safety
6:11 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

State Commission Finds PSE At Fault For Gas Explosion

Aerial view of a North Seattle home after it exploded in 2011.
Seattle Fire Department

A state report has found Puget Sound Energy at fault for a gas explosion that injured two people in September 2011. The blast destroyed the North Seattle home of the Ingham family.

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Energy
8:31 am
Tue October 16, 2012

To Keep Or To Export? The Northwest's Natural Gas Debate

Portland attorney Robert Lorey (left) and Astoria marine biologist Dave Lillis protest natural gas exports outside the Warrenton Community Center. Photo by Tom Banse

WARRENTON, Ore. - Natural gas production in North America has increased so dramatically that no fewer than 17 companies have now applied to export the fuel overseas. Two gas export terminals are proposed in the Northwest -- one near Coos Bay (Oregon) and the other at the Port of Astoria.

This week, federal energy regulators are getting an earful of public testimony.

As public meetings go, Monday’s visit by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to the Oregon Coast was more tense and raucous than usual.

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