BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. and China officials worked toward an agreement Tuesday to advance "clean coal" technologies that purport to reduce the fuel’s contribution to climate change — and could offer a potential lifeline for an industry that’s seen its...
Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Solar energy is booming in Snohomish County.The Snohomish County Public Utility District says solar energy capacity has increased by 70 percent in the past year.
Date: 08/24/2015 | Local News
NEW YORK — A barrel of U.S. crude oil fell below $40 per barrel for the first time since the end of the global economic crisis.
Date: 08/22/2015 | Business Wire
Do you suffer from sticker shock when you see your monthly electric bill? No matter what your financial situation, paying bills is about as much fun as a root canal. Read on for simple ways to lower your electric bill.
Date: 08/20/2015 | Home and Garden
WASHINGTON — In her first major break with President Obama over environmental policy, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she opposed drilling in the Alaskan Arctic because it is too dangerous.
Date: 08/18/2015 | Nation & World
Utility and power grid managers in the United States are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change your lightbulbs.The nation's largest grid, serving more than 61 million customers from Washington to Chicago, is...
Date: 08/15/2015 | Business Wire
EDGARTOWN, Mass. — The Obama administration approved limited crude oil trading with Mexico on Friday, further easing the longstanding U.S. ban on crude exports that has drawn consternation from Republicans and energy producers.Mexico's state-run oil company Petroleos...
Date: 08/15/2015 | Business Wire
LOS ANGELES — The California agency that investigates workplace accidents has cited and fined ExxonMobil more than $560,000 for workplace safety and health violations following a probe into February’s explosion at a Los Angeles-area refinery.
Date: 08/14/2015 | Business Wire
LONDON — The CEO of Royal Dutch Shell says he decided to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska after a careful evaluation of the risks.
Date: 08/13/2015 | Business Wire
LONDON — OPEC pumped the most crude last month in more than three years as Iran restored output to the highest level since international sanctions were strengthened in 2012.
Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire
VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Port of Vancouver has agreed to pay $45,000 and has released further details about plans for an oil-by-rail terminal to settle a public records lawsuit.
Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest
Time to drop this "war on coal" talk. Time to ignore the hollering by coal country politicians over President Obama's beefed-up plan to combat global warming.No, the Clean Power Plan will not ruin their local economies, because coal has already done that,...
Date: 08/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists
SEATTLE — A Washington state judge has rejected a lawsuit challenging the Port of Seattle's decision to lease one of its terminals as a homeport for Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil-drilling fleet.Environmental groups argued that port broke state environmental law in...
Date: 07/31/2015 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office says it made one arrest during an effort by protesters to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland for an Arctic drilling operation.
Date: 07/31/2015 | Northwest
The slide in oil prices over the last month will probably bring $2 gasoline back to filling stations across the United States later this year, AAA said Friday.
Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner said he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports.
Date: 07/30/2015 | Business Wire
COOS BAY, Ore. — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has issued a letter of support for the Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, while Gov. Kate Brown still has yet to publicly take a stance on the issue.
Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Washington utility regulators say they are looking into how much it would cost to retire Puget Sound Energy’s two older coal-fired electric generating plants in Colstrip, Montana.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest
CHICAGO — Chesapeake Energy halted its quarterly dividend for the first time in 14 years as slumping energy prices crimped cash flow for the second-largest U.S. natural gas producer.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire
EVERETT — A hydroelectric systems company near Bellingham says the Snohomish County Public Utility District improperly skewed its bid to build two turbines, which tipped the contract to a British competitor.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Local News
Drug company ads on TV — ads European countries don't allow on television — are required to warn of possible dangerous side effects that could kill us. We'd be somewhat safer and more aware of urgent policy choices we face if rail, oil and gas companies were...
Date: 07/19/2015 | Commentary
EVERETT — Federal energy regulators have given a green light to Snohomish County Public Utility District to build two small hydroelectric projects in the Snoqualmie Valley.Work on the sites could start later this summer, followed...
Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News
The saga of what some have called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history passed a milestone on Thursday. BP, the company in charge of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded a mile above the Gulf of Mexico seafloor five years ago, announced that it has reached a...
Date: 07/06/2015 | Commentary
It took 41 years from the time it was enacted by Congress for the Clean Air Act to limit the amount of mercury and other poisonous substances that coal-fired power plants are allowed spew into the air. A ruling Monday from the Supreme Court, which struck those limits on something very...
Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary
EVERETT — Royal Dutch Shell's oil-drilling ship moved out of the Port of Everett early Tuesday morning, headed for Alaskan waters to explore for Arctic oil.Protestors in kayaks, tugs and law enforcement boats escorted the Noble Discoverer into Port Gardner before...
Date: 06/30/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Royal Dutch Shell’s second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move to Alaska as it prepares to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.KIRO-TV reported the 572-foot drill ship was escorted from the harbor in Everett by two tug boats and two Coast Guard vessels.
Date: 06/30/2015 | Northwest
Viewpoints: Can technology cut airliners' carbon emissions?
Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary
NEW YORK — Home efficiency measures such as installing new windows or replacing insulation deliver such a small fraction of their promised energy savings that they may not save any money over the long run, according to the surprising conclusion of
Date: 06/24/2015 | Business Wire
The justifications for taking real and effective steps to slow climate change and limit the amount of carbon and other greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere continue to mount.Recent studies and events now add to the warnings and recommendations about the threat to our...
Date: 06/24/2015 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — The state Department of Commerce is investigating links between two former department leaders and a multimillion-dollar state grant for a project managed by the private company where the two men now work.The agency Wednesday asked the state
Date: 06/19/2015 | Local News
STOCKHOLM — The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a new study shows.
Date: 06/17/2015 | Nation & World
CAMARILLO, Calif. — U.S. gasoline prices have risen again but at a slower pace.The average price of regular jumped 3 cents a gallon in the past two weeks to $2.87 a gallon.
Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World
The federal government owns large chunks of the West. It owns 65 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska and 83 percent of Nevada. Some Westerners see unfairness in that. They should not.Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska recently slipped an item into a nonbinding budget...
Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Even as the energy sector helps propel the nation's economic resurgence with billions of dollars of investment in new project and technologies, it is facing hurdles in an unlikely quarter: states with economies that depend on a strong energy sector.From Alaska to Washington,...
Date: 06/14/2015 | Commentary
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.
Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — State regulators say they’ll work with Skagit County to conduct a full environmental review of a proposed oil-by-rail project at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery near Anacortes.
Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The Snohomish County Public Utility District failed to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest when it awarded a no-bid contract to a "clean-energy" software company, an outside investigator's report says.
Date: 06/02/2015 | Local News
CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average price of gasoline has increased 4 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.84 a gallon.Still, that’s a tiny increase compared to the 35-cent jump recorded over the previous five weeks.
Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World
LONGVIEW — The Port of Longview says it is negotiating with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery on the Columbia River.
Date: 05/26/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Officials of the state Department of Commerce answered questions Thursday from state Senate committee members concerned about how public money was used in a clean-energy project that’s the subject of an ethics...
Date: 05/21/2015 | Local News
GOLETA, Calif. — An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out.Up to a fifth...
Date: 05/20/2015 | Nation & World
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead continued his trade mission to the Northwest on Tuesday, emphasizing to the governor of Oregon that the future of Wyoming’s coal industry requires getting access to deep-water ports to allow exports to Asian markets.
Date: 05/19/2015 | Northwest
Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-March on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean."Climate change can no longer be denied ... and action can no...
Date: 05/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets.
Date: 05/18/2015 | Northwest
Across the West, lawmakers are considering the costs and benefits of moving public land management from the federal government to the state. While the debate stirs passions, a new analysis provides some sobering figures on the economic gains that states stand to make.The...
Date: 05/17/2015 | Commentary
OLYMPIA — Washington will hire more rail inspectors and let fire departments know ahead of time when train shipments of crude oil are coming though town under a new law signed...
Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News
Cap-and-trade seemed dead and buried among the year’s fallen legislative ideas — until it wasn’t this week.
Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News
There may yet be some hope that the Legislature can pass carbon-reduction legislation this year.With the special session well under way and little being said publicly about budget negotiations, Democrats in the House have
Date: 05/13/2015 | Editorials
Noble Discoverer moors in Everett before journey to Arctic
Date: 05/12/2015 | Local News
The city of Everett, which owns 3,729 acres at its reservoir at Chaplain Lake, north of Sultan, has proposed a novel approach to land management that would set aside about a third of the property for wildlife habitat for several decades while allowing the city to continue a modest...
Date: 05/12/2015 | Editorials
SEATTLE — Foss Maritime plans to appeal Seattle’s position that Royal Dutch Shell can’t use the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 under the existing permit.The company says it intends to provide its customer, Shell, with the services it needs to prepare to explore for oil in Alaska.
Date: 05/09/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — A drilling ship with a controversial past will stop at the Port of Everett next week to load and unload cargo, according to a port spokeswoman.The port hasn’t received any berth requests, so no further details are available, she said.
Date: 05/07/2015 | Business
SEATTLE — Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs on Seattle’s waterfront, but the petroleum giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate change.
Date: 05/07/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic means more traffic at the Port of Everett this spring and summer.
Date: 05/06/2015 | Business
EVERETT — A new $3.8 million contract for a clean-energy project is on hold because of the ethics investigation at the Snohomish County Public Utility District.The PUD's commissioners decided...
Date: 05/06/2015 | Local News
Some in the railroad and oil industries may believe the recent legislative and regulatory attention paid them is unwarranted. But the news keeps getting in the way of their point:Federal investigators reported late last week that 16 cars in a 100-car Burlington Northern...
Date: 05/05/2015 | Editorials
Rail-safety rules announced Friday would phase out older tank cars used to transport crude oil and impose new restrictions on oil shipments, but several federal lawmakers from...
Date: 05/02/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — Rail tank cars used to transport crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of a catastrophic train crash and fire, under sweeping new safety rules unveiled Friday by U.S. and Canadian transportation officials.
Date: 05/01/2015 | Nation & World
CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline has jumped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.58.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that higher crude oil prices caused the run-up at the pump. However, the price is $1.11 below the mark a year ago.
Date: 04/26/2015 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA — The state House on Tuesday passed its version of a bill to impose new safety regulations on the increasing amount of oil that is shipped through Washington by rail, boat and pipeline.
Date: 04/14/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard says protesters opposed to offshore drilling in the Arctic will have to stay in safety zones when a drill rig arrives in Seattle.
Date: 04/14/2015 | Northwest
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The federal government began the review process Friday on Royal Dutch Shell's plans to continue a drilling program it halted in 2012 in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern shore.
Date: 04/11/2015 | Business Wire
VANCOUVER, Wash. — The City of Vancouver says a proposal by NuStar Energy L.P. to handle crude oil at the Port of Vancouver must undergo a detailed environmental review.
Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest
CARLSBAD, N.M. — A U.S. Energy Department official who works with the government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico is leaving.
Date: 04/07/2015 | Northwest
HOUSTON — Refiners are poised to make gasoline at a record pace this year, keeping the biggest U.S. crude glut in more than 80 years from overflowing storage.
Date: 04/07/2015 | Business Wire
Imagine a government energy program that is such a disaster that the Environmental Working Group and the American Petroleum Institute both oppose it. The anti-poverty group ActionAid USA wants to get rid of it, as does the pro-business Competitive Enterprise Institute. Sen. Dianne...
Date: 04/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists
BILLINGS, Mont. — Tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted or replaced to make them more fire-resistant after a spate of explosive accidents in recent months revealed the shortcomings of industry-backed safety standards, U.S. officials said Monday.
Date: 04/06/2015 | Nation & World
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Six Greenpeace activists protesting Arctic offshore drilling on Monday boarded a drill rig as it was transported across the Pacific Ocean toward Seattle, where it will be staged for drilling on Shell leases in Alaska waters.
Date: 04/06/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — A group called Carbon Washington says it is gathering signatures for an initiative to tax carbon pollution.
Date: 04/06/2015 | Northwest
PENDLETON, Ore. — Oregon environmental regulators have ruled that proposed coal export terminal on the Columbia River meets state and federal water-quality standards, but the project still faces an adverse ruling from another state agency and questions about its economics in a slumping coal...
Date: 04/01/2015 | Northwest
U.S. crude oil production has grown significantly in the U.S. since 2009. In 2014, it increased by 1.2 million barrels a day to 8.7 million barrels a day, the largest volume increase since record keeping began in 1900,...
Date: 03/31/2015 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are trying to reach agreement on tougher rules for the transportation of oil in Washington, including a requirement that rail carriers give local firefighters advance notice of when oil trains are coming.
Date: 03/29/2015 | Local News
HELENA, Mont. — Senators have given initial approval to a proposal that would levy massive fines against companies that close coal plants in Montana.Senators voted 26-24 Friday to endorse Senate Bill 402, which moved out of the Senate Finance and Claims Committee on a 10-3 vote on Tuesday.
Date: 03/27/2015 | Northwest
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Lifting oil sanctions on Iran could hit global markets long before the nation starts pumping more crude.That's because the OPEC member has been stockpiling oil onshore and in supertankers in the Persian Gulf, according to data compiled by...
Date: 03/26/2015 | Business Wire
EPHRATA — Repairs to a cracked spillway on the Wanapum Dam have progressed to the point where the reservoir can be refilled to normal levels.The Grant County Public Utility District says the refill of the reservoir began on Monday.
Date: 03/17/2015 | Northwest
Last week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration settled New Jersey's long-standing environmental lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for pennies on the dollar. For a decade, the state had been seeking $8.9 billion in damages for pollution at two refineries in the northern part...
Date: 03/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Wind power could provide more than a third of the country’s electricity by 2050 while yielding a net savings in energy costs paid by consumers, the U.S. Energy Department reported in a major study released Thursday.
Date: 03/13/2015 | Nation & World
BEIJING — As its national legislature adjourns this week, China has signaled it intends to further lower coal consumption, reducing pollution but also rocking coal-export industries from the Pacific Northwest to Australia.China is the world's largest energy user, with...
Date: 03/12/2015 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — City officials said Monday they want to review whether current permits allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to lease port property along the Seattle waterfront for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.
Date: 03/09/2015 | Northwest
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming is prepared to up the stakes in its high-dollar push to override local opposition in the Northwest and get access to ocean ports to allow coal exports to Asia.
Date: 03/09/2015 | Northwest
Lack of snow hasn't drained Snohomish County supply
Date: 03/09/2015 | Local News
OLYMPIA — The Senate has approved a measure to advance nuclear power as part of Washington’s future energy mix.
Date: 03/06/2015 | Northwest
VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Vancouver City Council voted Monday to extend a moratorium on new crude oil terminals.The vote continues a six-month moratorium adopted in March for another six months.
Date: 03/03/2015 | Northwest
Climate change warriors of all stripes were focused on the White House on Tuesday, where President Obama vetoed a bill that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Like all the other attention slathered on this overblown issue, the focus was misplaced. It would...
Date: 03/01/2015 | Commentary
PORTLAND, Ore. — President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.
Date: 02/27/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Some lawmakers are pushing proposals to advance nuclear power as part of Washington’s future energy mix.
Date: 02/24/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A Skagit County hearing examiner handed conservation groups a victory Monday, ruling that an oil-by-rail project at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery near Anacortes should undergo a full environmental review.
Date: 02/23/2015 | Northwest
It's happening with all too great a frequency:A CSX train carrying 3 million gallons of Bakken crude derailed in West Virginia on Tuesday, causing a huge fireball and leaking oil into a river tributary...
Date: 02/23/2015 | Editorials
Billings, Mont. — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the...
Date: 02/22/2015 | Nation & World
Residents near Mount Carbon, West Virginia, heard a "big boom" on Monday, an explosion so forceful that it resulted in a fireball hundreds of feet high and sounded like a massive bomb exploding. Days later, toppled tank cars from a derailed train carrying 3 million gallons...
Date: 02/22/2015 | Commentary
Prices are rising after steady declines, but they’ll still be low
Date: 02/20/2015 | Business
VANCOUVER — An energy company is seeking approval from Vancouver, Washington, to convert its existing facility to handle crude oil by trains.The Columbian reported that NuStar Energy L.P. is proposing to handle about 22,000 barrels of crude oil a day at the Port of Vancouver.
Date: 02/15/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle has signed a two-year lease allowing Royal Dutch Shell PLC to use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.
Date: 02/11/2015 | Business Wire
EVERETT — Steve Klein, the general manager and CEO of the Snohomish Public Utility District for the past nine years, announced Wednesday he will retire on May 1.Klein, 62, joined the PUD in 2006...
Date: 02/11/2015 | Local News
DALLAS — The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest.
Date: 02/09/2015 | Nation & World
CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average price of a regular gallon of gas jumped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.20, ending a sustained drop.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that a rebound in the price of crude oil caused the run-up at the pump.
Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World
EVERETT — The Super Bowl is unlike any other event in America — for advertisers, for guacamole and chip makers, and for Snohomish County Public Utility District.
Date: 02/06/2015 | Bizblog
Following the lead of California and directed by Gov. Jay Inslee, the state Department of Ecology is slowly moving forward with a proposed rule that would require a reduction in the carbon emissions resulting from...
Date: 02/06/2015 | Editorials