Long before it became a university town and retirement mecca, Bellingham was a coal town. For about a hundred years they mined coal in a place known today by its parks, art, and music and its repeated appearances on meaningless “best places” lists in frothy magazines. Read the full story here.
Millennium Bulk Terminals hopes to export 80 million tons of coal through its proposed west of Longview terminal, nearly 15 times more than the company originally stated in its application for county permit, according to internal company e-mail disclosed Thursday. Read the full story here.
A city committed to sustainability could find itself on a major route for sending coal to China for electricity generation. Bellingham’s mayor wants railroad line assurances that the city will be protected from local impacts. Read the full story here.
Last week, Ambre Energy announced it planned to build the first U.S. port on the coast of Longview, Wash., which will be used to export coal mined in Wyoming and Montana overseas. During the protest, Peaceful Uprising and the Rainforest Action Network demanded that Ambre Energy quit exporting coal and move toward clean energy sources. Read the full story here.
In a proposal put forward to county commissioners and state officials, the company outlined plans for an export terminal that would handle around 5 million tons of coal annually. That’s a lot of coal.
ENERGY policy is health policy. While we all need to use energy, not all of it is equal. Some ways of producing and using energy make people sick, while others are far more benign. To protect public health and to save on health-care costs, we should choose the healthier path. Read the full story here.
New documents show that an Australian company is planning to ship much more coal to China through Longview than it acknowledged. State and local officials may have been deliberately deceived. Read the full story here.
Previously undisclosed documents are raising questions about whether the Australian company trying to build a new coal export facility in Longview has tried to snooker local officials. Read the full story here.
Opponents of a proposed Longview coal terminal demanded Tuesday that Cowlitz County commissioners rescind a permit for its construction following allegations that Millennium Bulk Terminals may have misled officials about its plans for the facility. Read the full story here.
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is trying to clear the way for coal exports through the Pacific Northwest. He’s worried Washington state will block a proposed Columbia River shipping terminal for Montana and Wyoming coal. Schweitzer is making a hastily scheduled trip to southwest Washington Wednesday. Read the full story here.