The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has brought its review of a proposed coal export terminal to an immediate halt, a blow to the Australian company trying to get coal from the Northern Rockies to an eager Asian market.
A new EarthFix poll takes a look at what Northwest residents from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho think about environmental issues.
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.
An Oregon coal export developer is challenging claims that its proposed dock on the Columbia River would interfere with tribal fishing sites.
Ambre Energy requested another deadline extension — its seventh — from the Oregon Department of State Lands before the agency decides whether to issue a “remove-fill” permit as part of the Morrow Pacific coal export terminal.
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.
While the Northwest's debate over whether to build coal export terminals seems to be at a standstill, the discussion in California's San Francisco Bay led to a decision to reject such a port project.
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.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued three permits for the coal export terminal that Ambre Energy wants to build on the Columbia River in the Eastern Oregon town of Boardman.
The Washington Legislature returned to Olympia this week, presenting the first opportunity for lawmakers to hold hearings on the Department of Ecology's decision last year to consider the climate-change footprint of exporting Wyoming and Montana coal to be burned in Asia.
A multinational banking giant is backing away from a proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export project near Bellingham, Washington.
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.
Documents show how the company that wants to build a coal terminal along Washington state's Puget Sound has already disturbed a well-documented archaeological site, without consulting nearby tribes.
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?
Northwestern Washington's Whatcom County had four seats up for grab on their seven member county council, members who will eventually vote on permits for the largest coal export terminal proposed for the West Coast. With the results in, things aren't looking good for coal.
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.
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.
The public comment period for the second largest coal export terminal proposed in the Northwest starts August 16.
Hearings about a proposed coal export project drew hundreds of opponents and backers in Portland and Hermiston, Ore. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is considering permits to let the proposal move ahead.
A new survey finds support for coal export terminals has dropped over the past year among Northwest residents. It also finds support for a region-wide approach to measuring the environmental impact of exporting coal.
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The federal agency in charge of approving Northwest coal export terminals delivers a setback to environmentalists, telling a congressional panel it will not be considering the area-wide effects of transporting coal, or the global impact of burning it in Asia.
Coal mining companies are saving tens of millions of dollars that should be going into state and federal treasuries, according to a new report by the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Interior.
Coal giant Kinder Morgan is abandoning its plans to export coal from a terminal at the Port of St. Helens on the Columbia River.
A coalition of Northwest tribal leaders and politicians announce the formation of a new group to oppose transporting coal through the region for export to Asia.
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.
Environmental groups, public health officials and communities along rail lines are asking questions about the potential impacts of transporting coal through the Northwest. Some of those questions are about coal dust and how it could affect human health.
A coal export terminal proposed for Oregon’s South Coast has hit a setback. Two of the project’s investors have dropped out, according to public records obtained Friday by EarthFix.
River pilot Anne McIntyre boards vessels that are longer than skyscrapers are tall and navigates them with precision through the Columbia River’s narrow channels. If coal export terminals are built along the river, McIntyre could find herself navigating bulk carriers laden with coal.
Washington's coal export terminal proposals are winning the battle for public opinion, a new survey finds. It shows half the state's residents supporting coal exports and one-third opposed -- but the results are nuanced.
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.
Wyoming's governor wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal on its own.
After seven public meetings across Washington about a proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham more than 14,000 comments have been collected.
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.
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.
About 700 people gathered Wednesday night to comment on a coal export terminal that could be built near Bellingham, Wash.
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.
BOARDMAN, Ore. – A series of public meetings about a proposed coal export terminal kicked off Tuesday night in this Eastern Oregon town that hugs the Columbia River
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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.
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.
The Eugene City Council Monday night voiced opposition to a tentative plan to ship trainloads of coal through the city. The Wyoming coal would be exported to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay.
The Lane County Board of Commissioners decided not to vote yet on a resolution supporting a proposed coal export terminal in Coos Bay. Still the board took public comment on the resolution from about two dozen people at their meeting this week.
Eugene city councilors are considering a resolution opposing the transport of coal through their city.
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.
Rep. Peter DeFazio says he has few qualms about shipping coal to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay.
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.
Congressman Jim McDermott has served in the House since 1989. His newest bill is called the [True Cost of Coal Act of 2012](http://mcdermott.house.gov/images/pdf/1%20The%20True%20Cost%20of%20Coal%20Act%20Final.pdf ""). EarthFix's Ashley Ahearn sat down with the congressman to talk about his proposal to tax coal to offset the effects of mining and transporting it.
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.
Among the various proposals to build coal export terminals in the Northwest, only one of them would rely on two different ports. That has residents of the Columbia River towns of Boardman and Clatskanie, Oregon asking if coal will be good for their communities.
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.
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.
At the first debate between the leading candidates for Washington governor the subject of coal export terminals in the Northwest came up. Both said they're for more study -- but weren't so commital about whether they'll come down in support or opposition of coal trains through the Northwest to coastal or riverside export terminals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Portland General Electric may have put the brakes on one of two coal export terminals proposed for the Port of St. Helens.
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.
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.
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.
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EarthFix reporters took several weeks to identify the secret partners negotiating with the Port of Coos Bay to open a coal export terminal. They used public-records requests to government agencies, online research and interviews to piece together the players in this high-stakes game to export Western coal to Asia.
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")**
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.
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.
People in St. Helens are weighing in on one of two coal export projects proposed for their local port.
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.
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.
Environmentalists aren’t giving up on trying to stop a northwest Oregon port from being used to export coal. This week, the Port of St. Helens commission voted to lease property to two coal exporters. Environmentalists are continuing to discuss ways they may be able to stop the use of the port for exporting coal. To move forward, both companies must secure building permits, which environmentalists may challenge.
Coal producers in Wyoming and Montana are hoping new export terminals will be built in Washington state so they can ramp up their sales to China. Activists are trying to stop those ports, in part because they're concerned about global warming. But a thriving export market could also drive up the price of coal here in the United States, and that has climate implications as well.