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

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

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.

Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful

by Tom Banse

A federal threatened species listing for the wolverine is looking increasingly unlikely. Protected status was put on the table in anticipation of harm due to global warming.

Obama’s Climate Initiatives in the Northwest

by Courtney Flatt

President Obama announces several initiatives to help prepare for a warming climate. He says wildfires, heat waves and rising sea levels brought on by climate change threaten public safety.

Ag Secretary In Oregon To Tout Conservation Partnerships

by Alexi Horowitz

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met Thursday with Oregon conservation leaders to discuss a new effort to get farmers and conservation groups working together.

Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year

by Tom Banse

The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to capture and remove fewer wild horses from Western rangelands this summer. An agency statement blames budget constraints and already-full holding pens.

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