August 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) today rejected a vital permit for Ambre Energy’s proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project along the Columbia River. The historic decision deals a severe blow to Ambre Energy’s struggling proposal and marks the first time a Pacific Northwest state agency…

August 15, 2014

A surge in oil trains hauling North Dakota’s energy bonanza is interfering with grain shipments to Pacific Northwest ports, prompting fears of a chronic crisis in which railcars carrying fossil fuels crowd out other products and disrupt exports. Read the full story at The Seattle Times…

AP Photo/Nati Harnik
August 15, 2014

It will have taken nearly two years, but an environmental group will finally get the documents it wanted about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers review of a proposed Oregon coal export terminal. A federal judge on Thursday ordered the agency to produce more than 300 pages of documents sought…

August 8, 2014

Congestion from coal and oil trains seems to be the key factor forcing closure of a prominent express rail service that carries Washington fruit and produce to East Coast markets. Cold Train on Thursday announced it is shutting down its express service from Quincy, Wash. because restrictions in the BNSF…

New Poll Shows Majority of WA and OR Voters Oppose Coal Exports

September 16, 2013

A new poll shows a majority of voters in both Washington (51%) and Oregon (54%) oppose the proposed plans to export coal from Northwest ports, with a majority of moderate (54% in both states), liberal (69% in WA, 75% in OR) and a large number of independent voters (48% in…

Power Past Coal coalition

Ecology will study impact of coal trains when considering Gateway Pacific Terminal

July 31, 2013

Whatcom County and its regulatory state and federal partners have announced they will conduct a sweeping review of Gateway Pacific Terminal’s environmental impacts — an apparent victory for the coal terminal’s opponents. Read the full story here.

Brian Rosenthal | Seattle Times

Hundreds Turn Out For Hearing On Columbia River Coal Plan

July 9, 2013

Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday in Portland and Hermiston, Ore., for simultaneously held hearings on a proposal to transport coal by train to the Columbia River so it can be shipped to Asia. Read the full story here.

Courtney Flatt & Cassandra Profita | OPB

Columbia River Coal Plan Gets First Hearing In Boardman

December 5, 2012

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 Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality hosted the meeting to take comments and answer questions about permits required for the proposed Morrow Pacific…

Courtney Flatt | EarthFix

DEQ to hear from public on coal exports Tuesday

December 3, 2012

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will conduct the first of three public hearings Dec. 4 in Boardman on the proposed Morrow-Pacific coal exports project by Australian company, Ambre Energy. Ambre is proposing to bring up to 8.8 million tons of coal per year by train from the coalfields of…

Hermiston Herald