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Washington governor rejects Vancouver oil terminal

Vancouver - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has rejected a permit to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, siding with the state’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which voted late last year to reject the project.

Half of Columbia River sockeye salmon dying in overheated waters

Over a quarter-million sockeye salmon, returning from the ocean to spawn, are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.

65-foot long crack found in major dam in Washington state

A two-inch wide crack measuring 65-feet in length has been discovered on the spillway of the Wannapum Hydroelectric Dam on the Columbia River in Washington state. This has prompted officials to start lowering the water level to assess the damage.

Saving The Wild Salmon

The salmon has been disappearing from the waters of Columbia River basin in the Pacific Northwest for some years now, and in order to reestablish this important member of the regional ecosystem, dams may have to be broken.
 

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OIL TRAIN: Rail cars loaded with crude oil burn on the tracks in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosie...
OIL TRAIN: Rail cars loaded with crude oil burn on the tracks in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier, Ore., after a 100-car train derailed on June 3.
U.S. Coast Guard PFC Levi Read/Wikimedia Commons
Adult sockeye salmon encounter a waterfall on their way up river to spawn.
Adult sockeye salmon encounter a waterfall on their way up river to spawn.
Marvina Munch, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River in Washington state.
Picture taken June  1973.
The Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River in Washington state. Picture taken June, 1973.
David Falconer