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Articles tagged coal in the NW

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.

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.

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 9, 2013, 12:39 p.m.

Hundreds Turn Out For Hearing On Columbia River Coal Plan

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.

June 19, 2013, 1 a.m.

EarthFix Poll: NW Residents’ Support For Coal Dropping

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.

March 8, 2013, 5:06 p.m.

Coal Export Terminal Faces Setback On South Oregon Coast

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.

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 4, 2013, 8:30 p.m.

Columbia River Pilot Sees No Extra Risks With Coal

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.

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.

Nov. 5, 2012, 3:27 p.m.

Seattle: More Coal Trains Would Increase Delays

A new city of Seattle report finds that an increase in coal trains through the city would increase delays at railroad crossings and affect emergency response times.