VANCOUVER (AP) — Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed in Mosier, officials in Washington, Oregon, and elsewhere are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad.
Two Mosier men are heading to the frozen plains this month to support the protesters at Standing Rock.
Three federal agencies will take public comment in The Dalles tonight, Dec. 6, about the effect of 14 dams on air, water, land and wildlife along the Columbia and Snake rivers.
A little more study will be needed on the Dog River Pipeline Replacement Project in The Dalles before the first shovelfuls of dirt get turned.
November 2016 marks three decades since a reluctant President Ronald Reagan signed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act into law. Reagan reportedly held his nose while he penned a crucial turning point in the long-simmering battle over the gorge’s fate.
This land is your land? Elliot State Forest for sale
COOS BAY (AP) — In December, the Oregon State Land Board will meet to announce the fate of the Elliott State Forest after public testimony. Last year, the board decided to sell off 82,500 acres that belong to the Common School Fund because it was hemorrhaging money. After several lawsuits, one over violations of the Endangered Species Act, the state began looking for a way to compensate for the $4 million loss that state land director Jim Paul said the school fund has incurred since 2013.
A coalition of environmental groups last Tuesday reached a tentative agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), signaling the end of a three-year court tussle over coal pollution.
For Thanksgiving this year, The Dalles resident Solea Kabakov will be offering herself as a shield to protect Native American elders offering prayers in protest of an oil pipeline in North Dakota.
County gives green light to project
Wasco County has given a green light to Union Pacific Railroad’s expansion plans for the Mosier area. On Sept. 26, the county planning commission voted 5-2 to approve the railroad’s “Mosier Double Track Extension” project, although there are multiple conditions attached to the approval.
With the decrease in fire risk this fall, helicopter activity will resume in the upper Catherine and Major Creek areas as part of a project to restore historic forest types in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The area is located northwest of Lyle and the Klickitat River.
It is not unusual to see orange, rust and brown foliage dotting the landscape during the fall months, but when evergreens start changing colors, it’s indicative of a problem, Oregon Forestry Department officials say.
A fishing boat set up to work with gillnets motors down the Columbia River in The Dalles as a tanker train, typically used to transport oil by rail, waits on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe side line near Dallesport for the eastbound Amtrak passenger train to pass.
DARK SKIES AND LIGHT POLLUTION PRESENTATION Memaloose State Park, Interstate 84, Mosier, OR 97040
In a bid to compel the company to improve emissions control, two women have filed a $20 million lawsuit against AmeriTies West in The Dalles, alleging nuisance, trespass, and negligence.