March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Contact: Meg Matthews, 206.291.5942, meg.matthews@sierraclub.org Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper, 503.348.2436, bv@columbiariverkeeper.org PORTLAND, Ore. — The proposed Morrow Pacific coal export terminal faces the latest in a series of disappointments today. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced that project proponent Ambre Energy can receive its…

Rob Davis
March 20, 2015

Call it the zombie subsidy. A $2 million state grant to help a coal export terminal near Clatskanie was killed in a vote by state transportation officials last August. But it refused to stay dead. The request returned to the Oregon Transportation Commission for a second vote Thursday. And for…

Paul K. Anderson
February 23, 2015

Lummi Indian Nation Receives “Declaration in Support of Rights of the Lummi Nation” by Veterans For Peace Corporal Jonathan J. Santos Chapter 111 of Bellingham, Washington The November 25, 2014 Lummi Nation Business Council meeting was the setting in which Lummi Council Chairman Tim Ballew II acknowledged the presence of…

NOAA Fisheries, Gary Sims
January 9, 2015

Someone once told me that anything can be accomplished if you just have enough time and money. But for many people and communities, including Lummi, currency is something far more valuable than a dollar bill. Salmon is our most important currency; it’s the lifeblood of our people and always has…

Paul Anderson
January 5, 2015

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Lummi Nation today sent a formal request to the US Army Corps of Engineers asking that they deny a permit for the proposed Cherry Point coal export facility due to treaty rights. In response, Crina Hoyer, executive director of Bellingham’s RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, issued…

Paul Anderson
September 15, 2014

Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will stop all permitting for Ambre Energy’s floundering Morrow Pacific coal export project along the Columbia River. Ambre needs Army Corps permits for an industrial coal dock in order to build and operate its proposed export terminal near Boardman, Ore.…

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…

Longview coal hearing draws foes, backers

September 17, 2013

About 2,000 people jammed into the Cowlitz Expo Center on Tuesday evening, capping six hours of hearings on a proposed Longview coal terminal in which both sides rallied vigorously but without the incivility law enforcement officials had feared. . . “How much more does my neighborhood have to suffer? ……

Erik Olsen and Barbara LaBoe | The Daily News

No bids for Wyo. federal coal tract a first

August 22, 2013

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time, nobody has bid on a federal coal tract offered for sale in Wyoming after the company that initially sought to mine the location determined that it couldn’t do so profitably. Read the full story here.

Mead Gruver | Associated Press

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

Railroad threatens a quiet Amish way of life

February 10, 2013

COLSTRIP, Mont. — David Borntreger and his family moved from Missouri to a remote corner of southeastern Montana in 1997 to escape the increasing pressures of the modern world. Borntreger, his brother Levi, and their families are members of a small Amish settlement about 120 miles east of Billings, Mont.…

John Adams | USA Today

Former Mont. Gov. Brian Schweitzer calls most Wash. coal export plans ‘dead’ (pt. 2)

January 17, 2013

Brian Schweitzer’s two terms as the 23rd governor of Montana drew to a close Jan. 7. In mid-December 2012, Schweitzer spoke with SNL Energy on topics including coal development, wind generation and his prospects as a potential secretary of energy. Second in a two-part series. SNL Energy: What are the…

Dan Testa | SNL

Former Mont. Gov. Brian Schweitzer proposes a national energy policy (pt. 1)

January 16, 2013

In mid-December 2012, Schweitzer spoke with SNL Energy on topics ranging from coal development to wind generation to his prospects as a potential future secretary of energy. Always outspoken, Schweitzer began the interview by cutting off the first question and launching into his plan for a national energy policy focused…

Dan Testa | SNL

Epic Northwest battle: Defining how big a deal coal ports are

November 12, 2012

It is being called “unprecedented” but it seems to be rolling out as its authors had intended, perhaps the biggest experiment in environmental democracy the Northwest has ever seen. That would be the “scoping” process to determine what effects the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal north of Bellingham would have on…

Floyd McKay | Crosscut

Study: Coal Trains Would Hit Property Values Hard

November 10, 2012

A new study commissioned by Seattle-based Climate Solutions concluded that a proposal to run as many as 18 1.6-mile-long coal trains a day through Seattle to a new coal terminal in Bellingham could cost property owners along the route as much as $265 million in lost property values. The report…

Erica C. Barnett | Publicola