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Articles tagged Coal in the NW

Dec. 18, 2014, 3:52 p.m.

Northwest Coal Export Terminals Could Get Financial Help From State Of Wyoming

A government agency in the coal-producing state of Wyoming wants to help pay for coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest that have been struggling to attract financing.

Nov. 10, 2014, 2:08 p.m.

Wyoming Coal Tour Goes On, Without Most Invited Tribes

The Wyoming Governor invited 25 members of eight Northwest tribes on an all-expenses paid tour of coal operations. Only one participated.

Oct. 17, 2014, 12:23 p.m.

One By One, Tribes Begin Saying No To Wyoming Coal Tour

Last week the Wyoming governor invited leaders from Northwest tribes on an all-expenses-paid tour of his state's coal operations. One by one, tribes are saying thanks, but no thanks.

Oct. 6, 2014, 4:15 p.m.

Wyoming Offers Northwest Tribal Leaders A Free Trip To Coal Country

The governor of Wyoming is inviting Northwest tribal leaders on an all-expenses-paid trip to see coal-mining operations in his state.

Sept. 29, 2014, 12:24 p.m.

Rising Coal And Oil Train Shipments Make Rail Congestion A Big Problem

If train shipments of coal and oil keep increasing, many communities across the country could feel the congestion.

Sept. 4, 2014, 10:21 a.m.

Coal Mine Deal Aims To Boost Exports Through Pacific Northwest To Asia

Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast.

Aug. 18, 2014, 1:36 p.m.

Oregon Denies Permit For Controversial Coal Export Dock

Oregon regulators announced Monday they will not issue a permit for a controversial coal export dock in Boardman.

Aug. 15, 2014, 9:44 a.m.

Oregon To Decide On Controversial Coal Export Dock Permit Monday

Oregon regulators plan to decide Monday whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock in Boardman to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.

Aug. 5, 2014, 1:20 p.m.

Columbia Gorge Commission Sounds Alarm On Coal, Oil Transport

The Columbia River Gorge Commission has passed a resolution against the transport of coal and crude oil along the river that divides Washington and Oregon.

July 29, 2014, 7:21 a.m.

How One Oregon Town Symbolizes Push To Shift Coal Pollution Abroad

The Columbia River town of Boardman, Oregon, is a real-life example of the gulf between President Obama's grand strategy to reduce coal emissions and the reality behind that policy: As the U.S. reduces its own carbon pollution, it is exporting more of it abroad.

July 24, 2014, 5:50 p.m.

Study: Coal Project Would Help One Puget Sound County But Others Would Pay

The Northwest's largest proposed coal export terminal would provide a significant jobs boost for Whatcom County, where it would be built. But there would be a negative impact on the central Puget Sound region's economy, according to a new study.

June 11, 2014, 10:53 p.m.

Controversial Crude Oil And Coal Export Dock In Line For Oregon Subsidies

A review board recommends that the state of Oregon spend $4 millions to help expand a controversial crude oil and coal export dock at the Port of St. Helens near Clatskanie, Oregon.

June 3, 2014, 6:02 p.m.

Wyoming Governor Visits Washington To Promote Coal Exports

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead tours a proposed coal export terminal on the Washington side of the Columbia River. Facilities like this are needed to get Wyoming coal to Asian markets.

May 30, 2014, 9:46 a.m.

Oregon Delays Decision On Morrow Pacific Coal Export Dock

The Oregon Department of State Lands has delayed until August its permitting decision on a controversial coal export dock on the Columbia River. The decision was expected by May 31.

May 29, 2014, 8:57 a.m.

Wyo. Gov. Heads To Wash. To Push For Coal Ports

The governor of Wyoming is heading to Washington state to push for access to ocean ports to allow coal exports to Asia.

May 2, 2014, 1:30 p.m.

Coal Export Developer Challenges Tribal Claims To Fishing Sites On The Columbia

An Oregon coal export developer is challenging claims that its proposed dock on the Columbia River would interfere with tribal fishing sites.

April 2, 2014, 6:05 p.m.

Elected Officials Ask Oregon Governor To Deny Coal Export Permit

Dozens of elected officials from across the region are asking Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and a state agency director to deny a key permit for a coal export project on the Columbia River.

March 20, 2014, 5:12 p.m.

Study Tallies Economic Risks Of Oregon Coal Export Project

A study released by coal export opponents claims a project on the Columbia River carries more than $2 billion in environmental and economic risks.

March 17, 2014, 2:55 p.m.

Oregon Says Coal Export Project Will Need To Lease More Land

The state of Oregon tells developers of the Morrow Pacific coal export project that they will need to lease submerged state land in the Columbia River -- which requires additional permits beyond those already required.

Feb. 12, 2014, 1:06 p.m.

Coal Terminal Near Longview Set For Environmental Review

The Washington Department of Ecology, a co-lead agency in the review of the Millennium Bulk Terminals, announces what they'll study in the Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

Feb. 4, 2014, 5:05 p.m.

GAO Report Faults BLM Coal Lease Practices

Leases for coal mining on public land cost taxpayers millions because they should be worth much more, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. They could be more costly if Northwest coal export terminals get built.

Dec. 4, 2013, 5:44 p.m.

Changing Of The PR Guard For Coal Export Proponents

A secret recording of a pro-coal spokeswoman has led to a changing of the guard at the Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports, a front group for the proponents of coal exports in the Northwest.

Nov. 18, 2013, 12:54 p.m.

Comments On Longview Coal Export Project Reach 195,000

The number of comments on the Millennium coal export terminal proposed for Longview, Wash. exceeds the 125,000 comments received on the Gateway Pacific coal export project in Bellingham, Wash., earlier this year.

Nov. 14, 2013, noon

How Public Officials Manage To Review 200,000 Comments On Coal Exports

Across the Northwest, agencies have collected more than 200,000 public comments on controversial coal export and oil-by-rail projects. What exactly happens to all those comments?

Oct. 22, 2013, 3:08 p.m.

More Delays For The Morrow Pacific Project

After months of back-and-forth between coal company Ambre Energy and the Oregon Department of State Lands, the permitting has been further delayed for a Columbia River coal export project.

Oct. 21, 2013, 6:08 a.m.

EarthFix Wins Online Journalism Award For Coal Coverage

We snagged a prize at the 2013 Online Journalism Awards for Best Explanatory Reporting (Small) for our coverage of [Coal in the Northwest]( "").

Oct. 9, 2013, 7:32 p.m.

Longview Coal Export Project Hearing Draws A Thousand People

About a thousand people turned out for a six-hour hearing on the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project Wednesday.

Oct. 1, 2013, 2 p.m.

ICYMI: Coal, Ocean Acidification And Air Pollution

As October rains upon us, a round up some of the big news and great reports from our team and from other outlets in September.

Sept. 16, 2013, 4:35 p.m.

Public's Turn To Speak on Longview Coal Export Plan Comes Amid Market Doubts

A series of public hearings on the Millennium coal export project in Longview, Wash. begin Tuesday. Those hearings get underway as new rules in China and declining coal prices worldwide are raising questions about whether the project will pan out.

Sept. 16, 2013, 7:08 a.m.

Documents Reveal Army Corps' Earlier Concerns About Coal Trains And Wetlands

Public documents reveal concerns raised by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the not-so-distant past about how transporting coal by rail could pollute sensitive wetlands in the Northwest.

Sept. 11, 2013, 1 p.m.

New Bill In The House Will 'Streamline' Army Corps Environmental Review Process

Members of Congress want to help the Army Corps cut costs and speed up environmental reviews on infrastructure projects like those proposed for coal exports in the Northwest.

Sept. 6, 2013, 8:37 p.m.

Army Corps Goes Its Own Way On Longview Coal Review

Cue the break up music. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington Department of Ecology are no longer preparing a joint environmental impact statement for a proposed coal export terminal on the Washington side of the Columbia River.

Aug. 9, 2013, 12:19 p.m.

Public Scoping For Longview Coal Export Terminal To Begin

The public comment period for the second largest coal export terminal proposed in the Northwest starts August 16.

Aug. 2, 2013, 4:41 p.m.

Washington Indian Tribe Formally Opposes Coal Export Terminal

Western Washington's Lummi Nation submitted a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers Friday formalizing its opposition to what would be the Northwest's largest coal export terminal.

July 31, 2013, 11:26 a.m.

Climate Change & Rail Transport Will Be Included When Measuring Coal Export Project's Impact

The West Coast's biggest proposed coal export terminal will face stiff environmental scrutiny. Regulators say they will consider climate change, human health and the environment when it comes to a coal port near Bellingham, Wash. And they'll look at the entire route from Western mines to coal-burning plants in Asia.

July 16, 2013, 1 a.m.

Could Coal Exports Run Through Vancouver Port?

An energy giant recently walked away from a coal export deal on the lower Columbia River. But the pursuit of venues where ships can load up on Asia-bound coal is not over. Could the Port of Vancouver some day trade in coal? It's not out of the question.

July 5, 2013, 6:36 p.m.

Big Crowds Predicted For Coal Export Hearings In Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comments on the Morrow Pacific Project. The department has hearings scheduled for July 9 in Hermiston and Portland, Ore.

June 13, 2013, 4:41 p.m.

COAL: The Documentary

The Northwest is square in the middle of a controversial global debate over proposed coal export projects. A new KCTS 9/EarthFix documentary examines the complex issues surrounding the debate.

June 5, 2013, 11:41 a.m.

Environmental Groups Sue Railway, Others For Dumping Coal

A coalition of environmental groups in Washington and Oregon has sued BNSF Railway and several coal companies, alleging trains are dumping coal in violation of the Clean Water Act.

May 22, 2013, 4:01 p.m.

Anti-coal Export Groups File Legal Petition For Coal Study

A dozen Northwest groups file a legal petition with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They want the corps to study the environmental impacts of transporting coal from mines in Montana and Wyoming to export terminals on Puget Sound and the Columbia River.

May 9, 2013, 9 a.m.

Powder River Basin Coal Export Deal Stalls

A proposed deal on a Montana coal mine that supporters said would boost Asian exports of the fuel via the West Coast has stalled.

May 8, 2013, 1:46 p.m.

Coal Company Drops Plans For Export Terminal On Columbia

Coal giant Kinder Morgan is abandoning its plans to export coal from a terminal at the Port of St. Helens on the Columbia River.

April 1, 2013, 6:03 p.m.

Last Remaining Investor Bails Out On Coos Bay Coal Export Plan

The last investor in the proposed coal export terminal for the southern Oregon coast has pulled out of the deal. It's the second time a coastal site for such a development in the Northwest has lost its backers.

March 14, 2013, 4:20 p.m.

Ambre Energy Asks for Coal Export Permit Delay

An Australian coal company has asked for more time to answer questions from the State of Oregon about its plans for a coal port in Boardman.

March 7, 2013, 10 p.m.

Coal Neutrality Is Important To Mayor On The Rail Route

Scott Higgins is mayor of Camas, Wash., a town that would see more coal trains if proposed Northwest coal export terminals are approved. Although it's been a divisive issue, Higgins is walking a tightrope, saying he's neither for nor against transporting coal through his town.

March 7, 2013, 6:20 a.m.

Coal Is 'Just Business' To Couple In The Tourism Trade

A proposed coal export terminal in Coos Bay, Ore., would route coal trains just 100 feet from Richard and Tonya Burkholder’s home and business. They say they would welcome the trains as part of an economic boost to their coastal community.

March 5, 2013, 10:32 p.m.

Tribal Fisherman Sees Coal Threat Looming

Jay Julius is a fisherman and a member of the Lummi Nation tribal council. Lummi people have lived on the shores of Puget Sound north of Bellingham for thousands of years. Not far from their reservation lies Cherry Point, the proposed site for the largest coal export terminal in North America.

March 2, 2013, 6:51 a.m.

Voices Of Coal: An EarthFix Multimedia Special

Should coal from Wyoming and Montana be transported through the Pacific Northwest and shipped to Asia? In our multimedia special, “Voices of Coal” we bring you nine diverse perspectives from people across the region with a stake in that debate.

Feb. 22, 2013, 9:38 a.m.

Living Near the Rail Yard

Robbie Robinson lives near the BNSF rail yard in Spokane, Wash. Robinson suffers from asthma and allergies. She says her breathing problems got worse when she moved to Spokane from a rural area.

Feb. 18, 2013, 1 a.m.

What More Coal Trains Mean To A Railway Engineer

Robert Hill conducts some of the coal trains that travel through the Northwest. To him, concerns about coal dust and noise from coal trains are overblown. He knows more coal will mean more jobs like his at BNSF Railway.

Jan. 30, 2013, 8:45 a.m.

Washington Labor Leader Counts Jobs As Coal's Big Benefit

Mark Lowry is a transit operator who worries family-wage jobs like his are hard to come by. As the leader of a regional labor council, a proposal to build the West Coast's largest coal export terminal is a source of hope.

Jan. 24, 2013, 10:26 a.m.

Wyoming Governor: Study Washington Export Terminal By Itself

Wyoming's governor wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal on its own.

Jan. 14, 2013, 1:19 p.m.

10 Things To Know About Leasing Coal On Public Land

Calls for tighter oversight of federal coal leases could impact the future of five coal export terminals proposed for the Pacific Northwest. Here are 10 things you should know about the federal coal leasing program in the Powder River Basin.

Jan. 11, 2013, 9:13 p.m.

Wyden Questions Whether Big Coal Is Fleecing Taxpayers

Sen. Ron Wyden wants to know if taxpayers are receiving their fair share of royalties from coal mined on public land and headed overseas -- possibly through the Pacific Northwest in the future.

Jan. 10, 2013, 12:50 p.m.

Critics Oppose Coal Rail Line From Montana

Opponents of a railroad that would open Montana's coal fields to new mining want federal officials to halt their review of the proposal. They allege the project is much larger than disclosed and would have impacts all the way to the West Coast.

Jan. 4, 2013, 4:50 p.m.

Wyden And Murkowski Want Coal Royalties Inquiry

Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski are asking the U.S. Department of Interior to review whether companies are shortchanging federal and state governments out of millions of dollars in royalties on coal exported to foreign markets.

Dec. 13, 2012, 4:10 p.m.

Coal Port Hearing In Seattle

Officials from the US Army Corps of Engineers and state Department of Ecology hear public comment in Seattle this afternoon about a plan to build the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast near Bellingham. EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn joins KUOW's "Weekday" with details.

Dec. 12, 2012, 8:21 p.m.

Coal Export Opponents Dominate Vancouver Hearing

About 700 people gathered Wednesday night to comment on a coal export terminal that could be built near Bellingham, Wash.

Dec. 11, 2012, 10:48 a.m.

Where Coal Divides, Community Remains

For some, the possibility of taking coal from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin via train to export terminals along the West coast, to then be shipped to Asian markets, is such an emotional issue that it can no longer be discussed in polite company. For others, it's dinner conversation.

Dec. 7, 2012, 3:43 p.m.

Coal Export Critics Ask: What About Pollution From Trains And Barges?

An environmental group opposed to coal in the Northwest has released its own modeling of air pollution associated with one of the region's five proposed export terminals for coal bound to Asia. The group’s data show total air emissions would exceed the limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Nov. 21, 2012, 2:10 p.m.

Public Comment Period Added For Columbia Coal Export Plan

The Oregon Department of State Lands is adding a third public comment period for one of the permits the Morrow Pacific coal export project needs to build a terminal in Boardman, Oregon.

Oct. 29, 2012, 2:36 p.m.

Coal Fight Heats Up Near Bellingham

The fight over a coal export terminal proposed near Bellingham, Wash., is heating up, as hundreds turned out Saturday for the first of several public hearings on the project.

Oct. 24, 2012, 10:48 a.m.

Washington Coal Terminal Promises Tax Revenues

The port developer proposing a $665 million coal export terminal at Cherry Point released a report Tuesday saying it would contribute $7 million a year in property taxes and create hundreds of jobs which would add millions more in sales tax revenue.

Sept. 28, 2012, 3 p.m.

Podcast: Recording Orcas, Nitrate Contamination From Dairies, Coal Exports And More

Take a ride with scientists as they try to unlock the secret underwater lives of Puget Sound's orcas, and find out how ship traffic might be affecting whale behavior. We've also got updates on wave power developments, coal exports, water pollution from dairy farms - and more.

Sept. 20, 2012, 5:17 p.m.

Wash. Tribe Comes Out Against Coal Export Terminal

The Lummi Nation in northwestern Washington is about to join other native people in the region who oppose plans to export coal through the Pacific Northwest.

Sept. 19, 2012, 1 a.m.

Portland Joins Other NW Cities Questioning Coal Trains

Portland is exploring its power to regulate the coal industry as the business looks to expand in the Northwest. If the city council passes a resolution currently under consideration, it would join the ranks of at least twenty local governments that have passed similar resolutions.

Sept. 10, 2012, midnight

Multnomah County Begins Health Study On Coal Export Risks

One of the Portland area's top elected officials has ordered a study on the health impacts of coal dust and diesel emissions. The study comes as Portland, Seattle, and other Northwest cities consider the possibility of trains passing through, delivering tons of coal from Montana and Wyoming to be shipped across the Pacific.

Aug. 23, 2012, 11 a.m.

Podcast: From Wyoming Through The Pacific Northwest To Asia, Coal Opportunities And Concerns

This week hear the sounds of Wyoming coal country, and find out how life there connects to life here in the Northwest. Host Ashley Ahearn explores the largest open pit mine in the world, visits with one rancher who's concerned about the effects of coal mining - and then heads to Bellingham, Washington to check out the proposed site of what could one day be the largest coal export terminal on the West coast.

Aug. 21, 2012, 1:43 p.m.

Oregon Rep. OK With Coos Bay Coal Port

Rep. Peter DeFazio says he has few qualms about shipping coal to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay.

Aug. 14, 2012, midnight

Rail Company Drops Plans For Wash. Coast Coal Export Terminal

RailAmerica has told the Port of Grays Harbor on the Washington coast that it is no longer interesting in developing a terminal to export coal.

Aug. 6, 2012, 7 a.m.

Lump of Coal: Promising Mine Deal Hits Headwinds

When Gunvor, one of the world's largest energy traders, invested $400 million in a troubled Montana coal mine, it looked like a promising deal. But shipping coal to the Asia Pacific region was not as straightforward as it seemed.

July 27, 2012, 9:19 a.m.

Podcast: On The Coal Road In Gillette, Wyoming

Country music, pickup trucks and dirt roads this week as EarthFix heads to coal country. Ashley Ahearn and Katie Campbell get "coal-curious" with Dustin Bleizeffer, an energy reporter from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. Bleizeffer has been covering the region known as "The Nation's Energy Capital" for more than 10 years.

July 26, 2012, 5:27 p.m.

Pro-Coal Group Launches Ad Campaign

A campaign is kicking off in the Northwest to build support for coal exports.

July 25, 2012, 5:20 p.m.

Survey Finds Support For Coal Transport Through NW

A new public opinion poll for EarthFix finds a majority of residents in Washington, Oregon and Idaho support transporting coal from Wyoming and Montana through the Northwest so it can be exported to Asia. The biggest segment of this group says it's somewhat, rather than strongly, supportive.

July 20, 2012, 8:52 a.m.

Doctors Urge The State To Re-Evaluate The Health Risks Of Coal

July 11, 2012, 7:27 p.m.

Coal Export Study Warns of Train Congestion

A critical assessment of industry's plans to haul coal through the Northwest warns that huge increases in train traffic could tie up existing rail lines, spew coal dust across several states and force communities to help cover billions of dollars in improvements.

July 3, 2012, 7:59 a.m.

Coal Train Spill Raises Questions About Export Plans

RICHLAND, Wash. - This week crews are cleaning up about 30 train cars full of coal that overturned near Mesa in Eastern Washington. The accident has raised questions about proposed increased train shipments of coal through the nearby Columbia River Gorge.

June 28, 2012, 4 p.m.

Podcast: Invasive Stowaways, Water Pollution From Logging Roads and Loud Motorcycles

Tsunami debris and invasive stowaways, logging roads and water pollution, coal in the Northwest and loud motorcycles - this week on the EarthFix podcast.

June 28, 2012, 8:58 a.m.

Coal Scorecard: Your Guide To Coal In The Northwest

Here’s your guide to coal in the Northwest: The latest on where the terminals are proposed and how increased train traffic may affect communities along way.

June 25, 2012, 1 a.m.

Pass-Through Towns Want A Voice In Coal Exports

The Columbia River town of Camas, Wash. is succeeding at building a reputation as a tourist destination. But some residents worry their community could develop a new reputation: as a pass-through town for noisy, dusty coal trains.

May 29, 2012, 6:47 a.m.

Seattle City Council Votes Against Regional Coal Exports

The Seattle City Council is voting to oppose coal exports through Washington. Increasingly, politicians are questioning or flat-out opposing such activity in the Northwest, where there are proposals to build six coal export terminals. **Update, 3:30 p.m.:** Seattle City Council vote is unanimous to oppose coal trains.

May 10, 2012, 4 p.m.

Your Weekly EarthFix: Klamath Whistleblower, Longview Coal Trains and a Baby Owl Mix-Up

This week host Ashley Ahearn talks with EarthFix's Amelia Templeton about one scientist who's been told to keep his mouth shut about the science on Klamath River dam removal. Plus stories about baby owls and coal in Longview, Wash.

May 9, 2012, 11:39 a.m.

Washington Ecology Boss Seeks Federal Coal Review

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Ecology Department is asking the Corps of Engineers to develop a cumulative study of plans for coal export terminals in the Northwest.

May 7, 2012, 5:42 p.m.

Kennedy's Anti-Coal Message Draws A Portland Crowd

Hundreds of people gathered at Portland's Pioneer Square Monday to protest coal export projects in the Northwest. Coal export terminals are proposed in the Oregon ports of St. Helens, Boardman and Coos Bay and in Bellingham, Grays Harbor and Longview in Washington.

May 7, 2012, 1 a.m.

Will An Industrial Washington Town Embrace The Coal Export Industry?

LONGVIEW, Wash. -- Industrial and residential areas in this Columbia River town have always been neatly divided by a road called Industrial Way. Plans for the future of the site have the Longview community divided along new lines: between those who support a coal export terminal there and those who don't.

May 2, 2012, 5:55 p.m.

Oregon Utility Vetoes St. Helens Coal Export Terminal

Portland General Electric may have put the brakes on one of two coal export terminals proposed for the Port of St. Helens.

April 26, 2012, 4 a.m.

Your Weekly EarthFix: Judge Redden on Dams, Gov. Kitzhaber on Coal Exports

This week EarthFix host Ashley Ahearn talks to teammates Cassandra Profita and Bonnie Stewart about coal exports in the Northwest and dams on the Snake River. And get the inside scoop on a new app that could be good news for endangered whales.

April 25, 2012, 4:58 p.m.

Kitzhaber Calls For Environmental Impact Study Of Coal Exports

Gov. John Kitzhaber shared his “grave concerns” about coal export projects on the West Coast at the Future Energy Conference in Portland Wednesday. And he asked the federal government to conduct a full environmental impact study of the coal mined on public land in the Powder River Basin – including the impacts of exporting it to Asia – before any more coal leases are granted.

April 20, 2012, 12:18 p.m.

EPA Demands Review Of NW Coal Export Plans

SEATTLE — The Environmental Protection Agency has weighed in on the first of several coal-export projects in the Northwest, telling the Army Corps of Engineers that it should thoroughly review the potential impacts of exporting large amounts of coal from Wyoming and Montana to Asia.

April 18, 2012, 1 a.m.

How Coal Helped Build The Port of Coos Bay

If investors decide to locate an export terminal in Coos Bay to transport coal to markets in Asia, it won’t be the first time ships have docked at the Southern Oregon port to fill up with loads of coal.

April 18, 2012, 1 a.m.

International Investors Want In On Oregon Coast Coal Terminal

A trio of companies - Mitsui, Metro Ports, and an unnamed third partner - are developing a plan to build an export terminal in Coos Bay. It would ship up to 10 million tons of coal a year from the Powder River Basin to a power plant in Asia. **See also: [How Coal Helped Build Coos Bay](/energy/article/how-coal-helped-build-the-port-of-coos-bay/ "How Coal Helped Build Coos Bay")**

April 10, 2012, 4:27 p.m.

Spokane Has Concerns Over Proposed Coal Terminals

**NEW: Living Near the Rail Yard video added 4/13.** SPOKANE, Wash. -- Proposals to build coal shipping terminals on the Washington coast to ship coal to China could have an impact on the region's Inland Empire.

April 10, 2012, 1 a.m.

EarthFix Conversations: Counting Up Coal's CO2

A half-dozen Northwest ports are considering building terminals to export coal to Asia. In this EarthFix Conversation, Ashley Ahearn talks to climate expert Steve Davis about what mining, transporting and burning American coal looks like in terms of CO2 emissions.

April 9, 2012, 2:44 p.m.

Anti-Coal Protesters Take Message To Top Oregon Officials

SALEM, Ore. – Environmental groups are mobilizing against proposals to export coal through Northwest terminals. Protesters rallied outside a land use meeting in Salem Monday. They're asking Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber to block permits for several coal terminals.

April 6, 2012, 8:13 a.m.

Reaction Mixed To Coal Prospects In St. Helens

People in St. Helens are weighing in on one of two coal export projects proposed for their local port.

April 3, 2012, 6 a.m.

EarthFix Conversations: The Economic Pull Of Coal Exports In The Northwest

A half-dozen different coal export proposals have popped up around the Pacific Northwest. It isn't exactly an industry Oregon and Washington have been trying to lure. In fact, the projects face considerable opposition throughout the region. But the economic incentives to export are pretty strong, too. For more on the tradeoffs of coal exports in the Northwest, EarthFix spoke with Darren Epps, editor of Platts' market analysis newsletter on U.S. Coal.

April 2, 2012, 5 a.m.

On The Ground In Grays Harbor: What's The Word On That New Export Terminal?

As part of our series on Coal in the Northwest Ashley Ahearn spent some time in the port of Grays Harbor, Washington, talking to bakers, fishermen, longshoremen and librarians. Heck, she even visited the nursing home.

March 27, 2012, 6 a.m.

Increased Coal Train Traffic Could Mean Bad News For Public Health

There are now six new export terminals proposed to be built along the Northwest coast. The goal? To bring American coal to Asia, via train and ship. If these terminals are approved, that could mean more than 100 million tons of coal traveling by rail across Idaho, Washington and Oregon every year. Public health experts are raising concerns about what the additional coal train traffic could mean for human health.

March 26, 2012, 6 a.m.

EarthFix Conversations: Coal Coming Through A Community Near You?

There's a lot of coal in the middle of the U.S. and China wants it, putting the Northwest right in the middle of transportation routes. EarthFix's Ashley Ahearn gets the lowdown on coal and how it's moving through the Northwest.

March 21, 2012, 5 a.m.

Environmental Review Process Kicks Off For Gateway Pacific Terminal Near Bellingham

SSA Marine has submitted a permit application to build a bulk export terminal near Bellingham. If approved, the terminal will be large enough to handle up to 54 million metric tons per year. That could include wheat and grains but the majority will be coal, which will be delivered by train from mines in Wyoming and Montana and then shipped out of Washington to Asian markets.