oil spill prevention http://www.kplu.org en Sen. Murray Calls Federal Hearing On Risks, Procedures For Rail Shipment Of Crude Oil http://www.kplu.org/post/sen-murray-calls-federal-hearing-risks-procedures-rail-shipment-crude-oil <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143974563&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Less than four years ago, there were virtually no shipments of crude oil by rail car through Washington state. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see the dark-gray tanks at crossings all over the state. &nbsp;</p><p>U.S. &nbsp;Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., held a hearing with top transportation and safety officials to discuss potential safety measures to protect communities in the face of more growth. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 15868 at http://www.kplu.org Sen. Murray Calls Federal Hearing On Risks, Procedures For Rail Shipment Of Crude Oil Activist Groups Seek Tighter State Scrutiny Of Oil Trains, Export Terminal Permits http://www.kplu.org/post/activist-groups-seek-tighter-state-scrutiny-oil-trains-export-terminal-permits <p>Faced with increasingly volatile sources of crude from the&nbsp;Bakken&nbsp;oil fields in North Dakota, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week issued an executive order directing his state agencies to review safety regulations and response plans.</p><p>Now community activists in Washington are asking Gov. Jay&nbsp;Inslee&nbsp;to do the same for the state’s coast.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 13198 at http://www.kplu.org Activist Groups Seek Tighter State Scrutiny Of Oil Trains, Export Terminal Permits Environmental Coalition Pushing Bill To Protect Residents From Risk Of Oil Spills http://www.kplu.org/post/environmental-coalition-pushing-bill-protect-residents-risk-oil-spills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year’s fires aboard oil-carrying trains in Quebec and North Dakota have spurred environmentalists into action here in Washington state.</span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:27:18 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12649 at http://www.kplu.org Environmental Coalition Pushing Bill To Protect Residents From Risk Of Oil Spills Oil spill scare off coast of Port Angeles shows readiness pays http://www.kplu.org/post/oil-spill-scare-coast-port-angeles-shows-readiness-pays <p>A small oil spill this week in Port Angeles turned out to be a lot less severe than originally feared.&nbsp; Clean-up crews are still working to get sticky residue out of the the harbor. But the incident shows how preparedness can pay off.</p><p>Washington state put laws in place six years ago that did just what they were intended to do early Wednesday morning, according to the Department of Ecology.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 20:03:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7072 at http://www.kplu.org Oil spill scare off coast of Port Angeles shows readiness pays Tougher rules for oil spill prevention - hearings underway http://www.kplu.org/post/tougher-rules-oil-spill-prevention-hearings-underway <p>Washington State already has some of the highest oil spill readiness standards in the country &ndash; if not in the world.</p><p>An <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/rules/1106.html">update to those regulations</a> is raising that bar even higher.</p><p>The tightening is in response to the catastrophic BP oil spill nearly two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>The new law places new requirements on oil companies operating in Puget Sound or on the Columbia River.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:44:41 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3973 at http://www.kplu.org Tougher rules for oil spill prevention - hearings underway Is Washington ready to handle The Big Spill? http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-ready-handle-big-spill <p>Some lawmakers in Olympia say “no.” They’re proposing a bill that would make the oil industry pay for a variety of precautions designed to protect Washington’s shorelines from an Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon disaster.</p><p>(I wrote about <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1647569/KPLU.Local.News/Are.We.Prepared.For.a.Big.Spill">the state of Washington's oil spill prevention and response</a> while the Gulf spill was ongoing last spring ...)</p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:02:12 +0000 Liam Moriarty 548 at http://www.kplu.org Is Washington ready to handle The Big Spill?