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…

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

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

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

Thousands Turn Out to Voice Opposition of Controversial Coal Export Proposal

October 27, 2012

Bellingham, WA -  Close to 2,000 residents from Northern Washington packed Squalicum High School to kick off the first of seven public comment hearings to show opposition of the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Ecology, and the Whatcom County…

Power Past Coal coalition

Paddle Past Coal! Columbia River Anti-Coal paddle

October 23, 2012

On Sat. 10/21/12, 20 kayakers from the cities of Longview, Columbia City, Rainer, Portland and Milwaukie paddled on the Columbia River from Mayger Dock to Port Westward. They kayaked through Bradbury Slough, a calm and protected part of the Columbia, separated from the main channel of the River by Crim’sIsland. Crim’s…

By Columbia Riverkeeper

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Local impacts of coal exports unacceptable

October 23, 2012

We’re generally strong supporters of improved rail services in Oregon, but we’re very concerned that coal exports would worsen climate change and undermine city policies. Relying on coal exports is a risky business strategy, and the local impacts are just unacceptable. Five other coal port projects are proposed in the…

Alan Zelenka and Kitty Piercy

Coal exports could face roadblocks if Democrats maintain Senate control

October 15, 2012

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) who is expected to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) as committee chairman if Democrats retain the Senate, is skeptical about sending coal abroad. He has called for more rigorous environmental reviews of each terminal proposal, which many say could hold up coal exports from the Pacific…

Zack Colman | The Hill