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Articles tagged coal exports

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.

Oct. 2, 2014, 5:32 p.m.

Two Challenges To Oregon's Coal Export Permit Denial Move Forward

The state of Oregon has approved hearings for two of three challenges to the recent Morrow Pacific coal export permit denial.

Sept. 17, 2014, 1 a.m.

Scientists On A Quest For Knowledge About Coal Dust Risks

Scientists have a lot of questions about what happens when coal escapes from trains and terminals and gets into the environment.

Sept. 8, 2014, 4:22 p.m.

Coal Export Backers Appeal Permit Denial For Columbia River Project

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.

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. 22, 2014, 2 p.m.

Oregon Approves Subsidies For Oil Transport, Not For Coal

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feb. 18, 2014, 5:28 p.m.

Corps Announces The Scope Of Longview Coal Export Review

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.

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. 12, 2013, 12:24 p.m.

Washington's Catholic Bishops Call For Broad Review Of Coal Exports 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.

Oct. 24, 2013, 10:16 a.m.

As NW Considers Coal Exports, China Chokes On Coal-Fired Smog

As Oregon and Washington consider proposals to export coal, satellite images show heavy cover of smog over China.

Oct. 17, 2013, 1 a.m.

The County Council Election That Could Mean Big Things For Coal Exports

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.

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.

Sept. 26, 2013, noon

EarthFix Conversation: Lummi Tribal Carver Takes Giant Totem Pole On 'Healing' Journey

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.

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. 9, 2013, 3 p.m.

Behind The Corps/ Ecology Break Up Over Coal

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.

Aug. 22, 2013, 4:45 p.m.

Wash. Gov. Inslee Talks Clean Tech And Fossil Fuel Exports

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.

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 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.

June 18, 2013, 10:44 p.m.

Financial Facts About Exporting U.S. Coal To Asia

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 ...

May 31, 2013, 6 p.m.

Draft Environmental Permits For Boardman Coal Exports Ready For Public Comment

Draft environmental permits for the Morrow Pacific coal export project in Boardman, Oregon, are ready for public comment.

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 21, 2013, 4 a.m.

Crowdfunding Coal Science

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.

April 1, 2013, 5:30 a.m.

Northwest Railroads Will Need Improvements To Handle Coal Trains

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.

March 25, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Inslee, Kitzhaber Push Emissions Accounting For Northwest Coal Exports

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.

Feb. 14, 2013, 10 a.m.

Wyoming Coal Company Strikes Export Deal

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.

Feb. 14, 2013, 7 a.m.

Diverse Voices Heard At EarthFix Seattle Coal Export Panel

Several hundred people gathered at Town Hall Seattle for an EarthFix panel discussion about coal exports in the Northwest.

Jan. 24, 2013, 1 a.m.

Portland Activist Uses Her Art To Protest Coal Export Terminals

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.

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.

Oct. 18, 2012, 11:07 a.m.

Coal Debate Continues, But An Oregon County Puts Off Vote

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.

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. 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. 28, 2012, midnight

Portland And Hood River Officials Call For Army Corps Of Engineers Study Of Coal Exports

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.

Aug. 23, 2012, 1 a.m.

American Coal Companies Look To The Northwest For Export Opportunities

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.