Oregon train derailment spills oil, sparks fire


Oil spills are preventable. Read excerpt:
“Including Friday’s accident, at least 26 oil trains have been involved in major fires or derailments during the past decade in the U.S. and Canada, according to Associated Press analysis of accident records from the two countries.

The worst was a 2013 derailment that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Damage from that accident has been estimated at $1.2 billion or higher.”

Check on # of fish caught according to Seattle Times: State Fish and Wildlife westside river and lake fish checks | Reel Time Fishing Northwest | Seattle Times

Monday, February25, 2013 Winner of a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. February 25, 2013 at2:55 PM State Fish and Wildlife westside river and lake fish checks IPosted by Mark Yuasa Rivers and lakes Columbia River below Bonneville Dam — Feb. 18-24: 33 bank anglers caught no fish; 27 boats with 48 anglers caught one chinook and one steelhead; two bank anglers caught no sturgeon; three boats with seven anglers caught no sturgeon. Columbia River in The Dalles Pool — Feb. 18-24: 10 bank anglers caught no sturgeon; two bank anglers caught four walleye; one boat with four anglers caught no walleye. Columbia River in John Day Pool — Feb. 18-24: 12 bank anglers caught no sturgeon; 17 boats with 36 anglers caught three sturgeon and released 14; nine bank anglers caught no steelhead; 13 boats with 31 anglers caught six walleye and released one; one boat with one angler caught one bass. Bogachiel/Quillayute River — Feb. 18-21: Three bank anglers and 40 boat anglers caught eight steelhead and released 11 for 301.5 hours fished; Feb. 22-24: 21 bank anglers and 17 boat anglers caught two steelhead and released one for 178.5 hours fished. Calawah River — Feb. 18-21: Two bank anglers and 13 boat anglers caught one steelhead and released 24 for 93.5 hours fished; Feb. 22-24: One bank angler and 39 boat anglers caught 14 steelhead and released 23 for 325.0 hours fished. Lower Hoh River from Oxbow Campground to Barlow’s — Feb. 18-21: 21 bank anglers and 48 boat anglers released 32 steelhead for 366.5 hours fished; Feb. 22-24: 31 bank anglers and 12 boat anglers released three steelhead for 161.5 hours fished. Upper Hoh River from Oxbow Campground to Olympic National Park Boundary — Feb. 18-21: 11 bank anglers and 17 boat anglers released 16 steelhead, one bull trout and three whitefish for 130.5 hours fished; Feb. 22-24: 11 bank anglers and 26 boat anglers released 14 steelhead and one bull trout for 215.0 hours fished. Washougal River – 30 bank anglers released two wild steelhead; 14 boat anglers caught one hatchery steelhead and released six wild steelhead. Klineline Pond — Feb. 22-24: 13 bank anglers caught five rainbow trout. (Checks provided by state Fish and Wildlife are taken randomly and do not reflect all fish caught during that period.) FEBRUARY 25 – 3:08 PM It’s Reel Time trivia so put on your fishing thinking cap FEBRUARY 25 – 2:55 PM State Fish and Wildlife westside river and lake fish checks FEBRUARY 25 – 1:04 PM State Fish and Wildlife saltwater fish checks FEBRUARY 24 – 1:08 PM Women’s one-day waterfowl hunting workshop is March 23 in Monroe FEBRUARY 24 – 10:58 AM Pesky northern pike eating up native fish species prompting fisheries officials to eradicate them http://blogs.seattletimes.com/reeltimenorthwest/2013/02/25/state-fish-and-wildlife-river-fish-checks/

US nuclear waste tanks leaking

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21555902 Nearly 200 ageing containers hold millions of litres of radioactive waste left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons. “There is no immediate or near-term health risk associated with these newly discovered leaks, which are more than five miles (8km) from the Columbia River,” Mr Inslee said in a statement. “But nonetheless this is disturbing news for all Washingtonians,” he added. Last week, a leak was reported in one of the storage tanks. Officials said it was leaking at a rate of up 300 gallons (1,136 litres) per year. They said that tests had not detected higher radiation levels near the tanks. Established as part of the Manhattan Project in 1943, Hanford was home to the world’s first full-scale plutonium production facility.