A 22-foot-long totem pole carved in opposition to coal exports makes a final stop at the site of the largest proposed coal terminal on the West Coast before heading across the border for a ceremony with first nations near Vancouver, British Columbia.
A Seattle think tank is questioning the financial stability of an Australian company that wants to build two controversial coal exports terminals in Oregon and Washington.
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.
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.
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.
The government is sizing up the environmental impact of each coal-shipping terminal in the Northwest when developers seek permits. Critics want a big-picture along transport routes from Wyoming and Montana to all five proposed ports in Washington and Oregon.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is poised to chair the Committee on Energy and Natural resources. He’ll take the gavel from New Mexico Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring at the end of the year. The position will give Wyden more power to influence the debate over coal and gas exports.
Big crowds are turning out to talk about the environmental impact of shipping coal out of the Pacific Northwest. The first proposal to reach this stage in the permitting process is near Bellingham, Wash. Four others are on the drawing boards in Washington and Oregon.
Dozens of Indian Tribes from around the Northwest came together Thursday to call for a full environmental analysis of proposals to export coal from up to five ports in Oregon and Washington.