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Group sues to force pollution disclosure at Washington dam

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SEATTLE (AP) — An environmental group sued the federal agency that operates the nation’s largest hydropower producer Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state are polluting the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws. The nonprofit Columbia Riverkeeper says the Bureau of Reclamation should get a pollution permit and be required to disclose as well ...

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Ruling says Vancouver port oil terminal needs full review

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A hearing examiner says a proposal by NuStar Energy to handle crude oil at the Port of Vancouver must undergo a detailed environmental review. Hearing Examiner Sharon Rice on Tuesday ruled in favor of the city of Vancouver, which required an environmental impact statement for the project. The Columbian says NuStar had appealed the decision, saying the ...

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Company wants to expand energy project on Columbia River

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A Houston-based energy company has unveiled plans to expand its proposed energy project along the Columbia River in Longview. In addition to an $800 million proposed oil refinery, Waterside Energy says it also wants to build a $450 million liquefied petroleum gas on private property. The Daily News reports that about one train a day would bring ...

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Report: Washington governor’s advisers courted oil refinery

PORTLAND, Ore. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently said he hadn’t heard much about a new oil refinery along the Columbia River, but emails show his administration has been working for months to facilitate the project. Citing emails obtained through a public records request, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that Inslee’s advisers have been courting a project by Riverside Energy to ...

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Washington Gov. Inslee signs oil train safety bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law Thursday a measure that attempts to improve the safety of oil transportation as a sharp increase in trains carrying volatile crude oil poses new safety and environmental risks in the state. A compromise reached on the last day of the regular legislative session resolved differences between competing bills in the Senate ...

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Energy company eyes Washington state port for new project

SAN FRANCISCO – Riverside Refining LLC is developing an energy infrastructure project for the Pacific Northwest and is considering Washington State’s Port of Longview as a potential location for it, the company’s CEO said on Wednesday. The company declined to say what the project would entail, but Riverside Refining CEO Louis Soumas said it will provide details when it has ...

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