Tom Banse

Tom Banse

Tom Banse is an Olympia-based reporter with more than three decades of experience covering Washington and Oregon state government, public policy, business and breaking news stories. Most of his career was spent with public radio's Northwest News Network, but now in semi-retirement his work is appearing on other outlets.

Northwest sinks millions into derelict vessel removal on region’s waterways

By: - October 24, 2023

Powerful mechanical shears that resemble a giant lobster claw are tearing into a doomed commercial fishing ship this week as the state of Oregon launches a new push to remove several hundred derelict and hazardous vessels that litter the state’s waterways. At the same time, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is quickening its […]

Pacific NW wins $1 billion from feds for ‘Clean Hydrogen Hub.’ Now what?

By: - October 13, 2023

Oregon and Washington scored big Friday in a fiercely contested national competition to grab a share of $7 billion to kickstart the production and use of “green” hydrogen, viewed as an important fuel source for cutting pollution from heavy industry. President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced that the Pacific Northwest bid was […]