A report this week by The Oregonian newspaper uncovered a major loophole in the monitoring and regulation of coal and oil transport throughout the state of Oregon.
According to The Oregonian’s report, railroad companies are not required to submit full records to the department of transportation.
But it’s not clear which agency these records SHOULD be submitted to.
So no one really knows where the oil and coal trains traveling through Oregon are at any given time, or how much fuel is on any given train.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg followed up on the Oregonian report by talking to several of the government agencies involved.
6:16 minutes (5.74 MB)
Garrett Rosenthal is a Democrat running for House District seat 37. He talked with Don Merrill about how some of the revenue problems in timber counties might be related to taxpayer choice, why him being a policy wonk will serve his constituents and how his environmental experience can help the state navigate issues of endangered species, wetlands and natural resource protection. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
28:43 minutes (26.29 MB)
Today is earth day, a celebration of life on earth and a call to action to save the planet. The day began in 1970, as the first wave of the environmental movement in the U-S was at its height.
This year, cities across the country are planning ten days of action under the theme ‘From Earth Day to May Day’, to try to bring together issues of environmentalism and labor rights. KBOO spoke with Lauren Regan, one of Oregon’s main organizers in the Global Climate Convergence days of action. 16:07 minutes (14.76 MB)
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Earth Day special edition of the Old Mole. It includes discussions of climate change and what must be done about it, the dangers of copper mining, a review of the big new flood movie "Noah", and a poem by the late Vern Rutsala about looking behind the surfaces of monuments.
To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow these links:
On this Earth Day special, our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement review the new movie "Noah" about a famous ancient flood. It raises issues about who is responsible for climate disasters and what our obligations are to those who are hit by them
With moves afoot to start mining minerals, including copper, near Mt. St. Helens, Bill Carter's new book Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal That Runs the World becomes required reading. Here Carter joins the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier for a conversation about the many uses of copper and the impact of careless copper mining. 13:09 minutes (7.53 MB)