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Public Comment Period Ends As Community Concerns Grow Over Fossil Fuel Transport Given Recent Oil Train Derailment on Columbia River  Olympia, WA:   Residents traveling up from Longview, WA delivered public comments to the Washington Dept. of Ecology at the end of the 45 day public comment process.   The agency should receive over 257,000 comments calling on the Dept. of Ecology …

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By Clark Williams-Derry  MAY 27, 2016 10:30 AM And another one bites the dust… Starting six years ago, Washington and Oregon found themselves besieged by a flotilla of massive, well-financed companies hell-bent on building coal export terminals to feed Asia’s allegedly insatiable appetite for coal. But the coal industry’s vision of a robust export market turned out to be a mirage: starting in early 2011, international …


New Assessment Finds Emissions From Proposed Coal Terminal Would be ‘Significant And Unavoidable’

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By Natasha Geiling APR 29, 2016 2:45 PM Cowlitz County and the Washington State Department of Ecology have finally released the draft of their long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement regarding a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington. Located just two hours north of Portland, Oregon, along the Columbia River, the proposed terminal would ship a maximum of 44 million metric tons …


Crucial win for Northwest communities: Army Corps upholds Lummi Nation treaty rights, denies coal permit at Cherry Point

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By Samantha Wohlfeil  MAY 9, 2016 11:09 AM The proposed coal terminal at Xwe’chi’eXen, also knows as Cherry Point, Wash., is dead in the water after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a landmark decision and denied a federal permit Monday, May 9. The Corps ruled the project would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights and ancestral lands of Lummi Nation. Lummi members cheered the announcement …


Peabody Energy Bankruptcy: Shifting Energy Market Cannot Be Ignored

Eric Shew News

Peabody is left with holdings in both the US and Australia with mounting costs and no potential buyers SEATTLE, WA – In the latest setback for the global coal industry, Peabody Energy, Inc., the world’s largest private-sector coal company, announced today that it has filed for bankruptcy. A sustained downturn in both domestic and international coal markets had left the …


Coal Export Plans Spiral Further As Arch Coal Withdraws Plan for Largest Strip Mine in Country

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Photo: Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile Longview coal terminal plans more dire with Longview, WA — Arch Coal, Inc. has asked Montana Department of Environmental Quality to suspend all work on their permit application for the Otter Creek Mine, and is closing their Otter Creek Coal offices.  Arch Coal’s announcement follows the company declaring bankruptcy in January.  Arch Coal owns a 38% interest …


With coal prices in steep slide, even once bullish analyst sees risky investment

Eric Shew News

By Lynda V. Mapes , Hal Bernton Seattle Times reporters Coal-export terminals proposed at Cherry Point in Whatcom County and in Longview, Cowlitz County, are irrelevant because Asian coal markets are so weak, according to an industry analyst who has offered some of the industry’s most bullish forecasts. Asian coal markets are so weak that two export terminals proposed for Washington once …

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Statement on President Obama and Secretary Sally Jewell’s Moratorium on Coal Leases on Federal Lands

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Statement from Beth Doglio, Co-Director of the Power Past Coal coalition, on President Obama and Secretary Sally Jewell’s moratorium on coal leases on federal lands Contact: Kimberly Larson, 206-388-8674 “On the heels of collective climate action in Paris and Arch Coal declaring bankruptcy, this moratorium is yet more writing on the wall that it’s time to get off coal once and …


Arch Coal Bankruptcy: The End of an Era

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Longview, WA – Arch Coal, Inc., the second largest coal supplier in the United States, announced today that it would be filing for bankruptcy protection after suffering several quarters of losses and being unable to restructure its debt. The company has been a major player in coal regions across the U.S., including Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. In the …