Thousands weigh in on water quality for coal proposal

Marcela Gara News

By Marissa Luck, Reporter at The Daily News Nearly 200,000 comments flooded into the Department of Ecology as the state considers whether to approve of water quality permit for Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed coal dock in Longview. That’s the highest number of comments Ecology has ever received for a 401 water quality permit application, said Ecology spokesman Dave Bennett. “The …

Longview coal: Ecology to make water decision by September

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By Marissa Luck, Reporter at The Daily News. The state Department of Ecology says it will decide by September whether to issue a water quality certification for the proposed Longview coal dock. At Ecology’s request, Millennium Bulk Terminals withdrew and resubmitted its application for the certification Monday to reflect changes to its project. Ecology also wanted to review a new …

30 coal cars derail in northwest Montana

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By Jonathan Glover, Reporter at The Spokesman-Review Crews are working to clean up after several cars of a Montana Rail Link train hauling coal left the tracks Sunday night, sending several thousand tons of coal near or into the Clark Fork River. The westbound 120-car train derailed at around 11 p.m. Sunday night about 10 miles west of Noxon, Montana along the river, said …

No Coal Export

Tell the WA Dept. of Ecology to say NO to the nation’s largest coal export terminal

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Do you think Washington State should give coal companies permission to pollute the Columbia River with toxic coal dust and worsen the climate crisis? I didn’t think so. Tell the Washington Department of Ecology to say NO to the nation’s largest coal export terminal. Together, we can convince Ecology to deny a key water pollution permit and stop dirty coal …

Coal terminal gets first permit from county

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Statement from the Power Past Coal coalition in response to the Cowlitz County Critical Areas Permit Millennium faces a number of significant hurdles before it can site the largest coal export terminal in North America on the Columbia River. Today’s decision by Cowlitz County to issue one of several permits required by the County does not change this reality. Earlier this …

The Thin Green Line

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By Sightline Institute The Pacific Northwest stands squarely between the most voracious energy markets in the world and huge fossil fuel deposits in the interior of North America—Powder River Basin coal, Bakken shale oil, Alberta tar sands, and remote natural gas fields. Big energy companies plan to unearth these vast reserves of carbon-intense fuels and put them up for sale …

Power Past Coal

Multnomah County adopts goal of all renewables by 2050

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By Pete Danko, Staff Reporter Portland Business Journal As President Donald Trump pulled back on the U.S. commitment to climate action Thursday, Multnomah County stepped forward, unanimously passing a resolution that establishes a goal of meeting 100 percent of community-wide energy needs with renewable sources by 2050. County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had unveiled the commitment in April. Portland …

One Million Voices Video Still for Power Past Coal

New Milestone, New Video

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We hit a milestone today! ONE MILLION messages to protect the Pacific Northwest from oil and coal exports delivered today! The Washington State Government and the Ecology Department of Washington can take action and block fossil fuel exports! Share this video and tag them today! And be sure to check out our new video!    

Coal’s Collapse

Eric Shew News, perspectives

By Ross Macfarlane This blog series offers stories from the arc of the broad efforts in our region to stop coal exports off the West Coast. While the fight still continues, we have been successful so far. There is no one coal export campaign story because all who were involved brings a unique perspective and played varying roles. For example, …

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Greenhouse gases, cancer risk tied to proposed Longview coal terminal, report says

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By Hal Bernton, Seattle Times Staff Reporters An environmental-impact statement for Millennium Bulk Terminals was released to the public April 28. A proposed coal-export terminal in Longview would significantly increase Columbia River vessel traffic, bump up cancer risks for a local neighborhood and result in a net addition of some two million metric tons annually of greenhouse gas emissions, according …