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Category: Environment
September 20, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Train diesel spill south of Pasco contained

Tri-City Herald At least 2,000 gallons of diesel spilled Friday morning near the Columbia River when a BNSF Railway locomotive hit a large rock that punctured its fuel tank. No diesel fuel was believed to have reached the river Friday from the spill, which occurred about 15 miles southwest of Pasco on the BNSF main line before…

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September 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Judge tosses out suit over Washington’s fish-consumption rate

The Associated Press A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit related to how much fish people eat in Washington — and thus, how much toxic pollution they consume. Conservation and commercial fishing groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last fall, saying the agency has for too long let state officials underestimate fish consumption, resulting in…

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September 17, 2014 at 5:55 AM

4.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Puget Sound area early Wednesday

Updated at 12:55 p.m. A 4.0 magnitude earthquake, the largest in Western Washington this year, shook the Puget Sound area early Wednesday. The quake, centered under Hood Canal, started around 3 a.m. and only lasted a few seconds, said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network based at the University of Washington. The quake was centered near Seabeck,…

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September 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Big wildfire poses problem for Washington deer

WINTHROP (AP) — State biologists are worried about how deer are going to survive this winter in the Methow Valley, where the largest wildfire in Washington history blackened 400 square miles. The lightning-sparked Carlton Complex fire destroyed hundreds of homes after it started in July. It also left little for deer to eat. KING-TV reports that the…

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September 11, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Polar icebreaker Healy back in Seattle after research mission

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy returned to its homeport in Seattle Thursday after a 130 days of operations and scientific research in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean. Through the course of the voyage, the 420-foot long polar icebreaker hosted researchers involved in three separate scientific missions. Stanford University scientists used plankton and zooplankton nets,…

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September 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

New orca calf born, first since 2012

An orca gave birth, perhaps within the past week, to a calf, the first killer-whale birth in the Salish Sea since 2012, according to the Center for Whale Research. Researchers on Saturday first saw the calf, tucked between two adult females. The calf  had creases on its side, so-called “fetal folds,” which indicate that it was probably less…

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September 3, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Governor lifts burn ban, urges caution

OLYMPIA —  Gov. Jay Inslee says he won’t extend the burn ban he put in place for 20 counties east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains. That ban expired Wednesday. The governor says that thanks to firefighters’ hard work and cooler weather, wildfire hazards have decreased. He did urge residents to continue to use caution and…

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September 3, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Oregon forestry board moves to protect cool water

The Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry has voted unanimously to keep moving forward on developing rules to making sure logging sites leave enough trees standing along salmon streams to keep the water shaded and cool. The vote Wednesday in Salem directs the Department of Forestry to finish developing various alternatives – including…

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September 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Sheep moved to protect them from wolves

SPOKANE  (AP) — A Stevens County sheep rancher has moved about 1,800 sheep to protect them from a pack of wolves that have killed at least two dozen of the animals this summer.

The Spokesman-Review reported Monday that Dave and Julie Dashiell decided to move their sheep to safety rather than wait for state wildlife officials to track down and kill up to four wolves from the Huckleberry Pack, which hunts north of the Spokane Indian Reservation.

The ranchers tried numerous strategies to end the attacks.

Jamie Henneman, spokeswoman for the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association, said they had a full-time herder, four guard dogs, range riders and extra help from state employees, but wolf kills kept mounting.

“There’s a point where you’ve got to decide, do you leave and hopefully stay in business, or do you stick around until there’s just nothing left,” she said.

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