Scientists have a lot of questions about what happens when coal escapes from trains and terminals and gets into the environment.
The developer of the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project, as well as two project supporters, are appealing the state of Oregon's decision to deny a permit for a dock on the Columbia River.
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.
The Oregon Transportation Commission has approved nearly $5 million in public subsidies for rail and dock infrastructure tied to a controversial oil-by-rail project. It denied funding for a coal export dock.
Oregon regulators announced Monday they will not issue a permit for a controversial coal export dock in Boardman.
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.
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.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced which environmental impacts it will consider in its review of the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project in Longview, Wash.
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.
SeattlePI.com reports that Washington's four Catholic bishops have released a statement calling for “exhaustive and independent review” of the state's two coal export terminals under consideration.
As Oregon and Washington consider proposals to export coal, satellite images show heavy cover of smog over China.
There’s a county council election taking place in the far Northwest corner of Washington state that could play a major role in the future of the U.S. coal industry.
About a thousand people turned out for a six-hour hearing on the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project Wednesday.
There's a 22-foot totem pole on a ceremonial journey from coal country to British Columbia. Meet the Lummi Indian and master carver behind anti-coal mission.
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.
Coal export proposals are getting a close look in the region... but the process is getting more complicated after the recent break up between the U.S. Army Corps and the Washington Department of Ecology.
EarthFix caught up with Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee at a ribbon cutting for a clean tech company in Arlington, Wash. Here's what the first-term chief executive had to say about Washington's future in clean technology and fossil fuel exports.
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.
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.
Want to know how coal companies can make a reasonable profit by mining coal in Wyoming and Montana, hauling it to the West Coast by train and then shipping it across the ocean to Asia? Read on ...
Draft environmental permits for the Morrow Pacific coal export project in Boardman, Oregon, are ready for public comment.
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.
Crowdfunding campaigns are popular ways to raise money for fledgling businesses and independent projects. Now there are some scientists who are asking the public to chip in online for studies about the impacts of exporting coal in the Northwest.
Proposals to build five coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest would bring as many as 47 more freight trains through the region each day. Currently 150 to 175 trains travel in the area each day moving through rail passages that already are congested.
On Monday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Governor Jay Inslee sent a joint letter to the Council on Environmental Quality, President Obama's top environmental advisory group, asking them to consider the impact of coal exports on the climate.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Wyoming mining company has signed an option agreement allowing it to ship up to 16 million tons of coal a year through a planned West Coast port.
Several hundred people gathered at Town Hall Seattle for an EarthFix panel discussion about coal exports in the Northwest.
Portland activist Bonnie Meltzer lives near one of the busiest rail intersections in the city. She uses her art to protest against the coal export terminals that have been proposed for the Pacific Northwest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Portland and Hood River officials are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a comprehensive study of the possible effects of coal exports on Northwest Communities.
American coal companies are looking to the Northwest as the fastest way to bring their product from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana to Asian markets. There are now five ports in Washington and Oregon considering coal export terminals. In part two of our series on Coal in the Northwest, we head to the site of what could one day be the largest coal export facility on the West Coast.