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5 Safety Concerns With Shipping Oil By Water

An oil barge. A new report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service concludes that a shift in transport of oil to barges and ships raises many safety concerns.

by Cassandra Profita

While many officials 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.


How Drones Could Make Forest Restoration Easier

by Courtney Flatt

Drones could soon be the newest gadgets in forest conservation. A group of Washington college students recently built and tested a drone that will survey the health of the forest.


New Bill Pushes For $50 Million To Restore Columbia River

by Cassandra Profita

Two members of Oregon's congressional delegation introduce legislation that would open the door to $50 million in federal funding for Columbia River cleanup projects.


Gov. Inslee’s Wastewater Plant Tour Highlights Sea Rise Woes

by Ashley Ahearn

When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wanted to show the connection between climate change and an unpleasant and costly consequence for his constituents, he decided to tour a sewage treatment plant.


Oregon Oil Train Safety Report Calls For More Rail Inspectors, Fees

by Cassandra Profita

A new statewide rail safety report identifies gaps in the resources Oregon needs to prevent and respond to an oil train derailment.


Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failing To Compost

by Cassandra Profita

In a push to reach its 2015 recycling goals, the city of Seattle might start fining residents who put food waste in the garbage instead of the compost bin.


Study: Coal Project Would Help One Puget Sound County But Others Would Pay

by Ashley Ahearn, Tony Schick

The Northwest's largest proposed coal export terminal would provide a significant jobs boost for Whatcom County, where it would be built. But there would be a negative impact on the central Puget Sound region's economy, according to a new study.


Crew Fatigue Persists As Oil By Rail Increases Risks

by Tony Schick

Fatigue remains a major cause of railroad accidents and incidents after decades of warnings. Safety advocates say oil by rail has raised the stakes for finding a solution.


Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation


by Tom Banse

Radiation experts don't believe there is cause for alarm on our shores, but some coastal residents are stepping forward to pay for seawater testing just to be sure.


EarthFix Conversation: Puget Sound Whales For Sale

by Ashley Ahearn

It wasn't long ago that the endangered orcas of Puget Sound were being hunted and sold into captivity. A new book documents this dark period in orca history.


How To Listen For A Spotted Bat


by Courtney Flatt

A group of nature lovers recently spent a night out tracking bats in central Washington to check-in on how bat populations are doing in the state.
















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