A new study shows passenger rail service from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., can expand. But additional freight traffic from coal trains would create a problem for a stretch of single-track rail, landslides, and low-roof tunnels. Read the full story here.
The world’s largest surface coal mine complex is a landscape unto itself. Six 200-foot-high draglines tear open the earth and scoop the black coal into gigantic dump trucks that make school buses look like playthings. Two dozen loaded-down trains, each a mile long, slide out of the mine complex every day, headed for power plants hundreds and even thousands of …
Coos Bay might see coal exports, but not from the general-purpose cargo terminal the port would like to build, Oregon International Port of Coos Bay CEO Jeff Bishop told the Port’s commissioners Thursday night. Coal exports would bring too many ships for the cargo terminal to handle, he said. ‘If any coal terminal is developed in Coos Bay, it would …
Mayor McKinley Price peered through binoculars on the 10th floor balcony outside his City Hall office, viewing a panoramic landscape of waterfront property dominated by black coal piles. Read the full story here.
A hot political debate is underway in Whatcom County over a proposal to build a coal shipping terminal. It has a worrisome connection to Snohomish County — and Marysville, in particular — that state officials mustn’t overlook. Read the full story here.
Developers of the Gateway Pacific Terminal must apply for an entirely new shoreline permit if they want to build a facility capable of handling up to 54 million tons of cargo a year, including coal. Read the full story here.
Legal documents indicate the Port of St. Helens is talking with a coal export terminal developer, the first sign that Oregon could be in the mix to export coal to meet ever-growing Asian demand. Read the full story here.
The Chinese need coal. They consume more than 3.2 billion metric tons every year to run the factories that make all of the junk we buy. The only way for American coal companies to get our cheap federally subsidized coal to China is to ship it across the Pacific Ocean. Read the full story here.
We can do better. The fire at the Millennium Bulk Terminals site last week highlights the need for our community to have this property cleaned up once and for all. Given the legitimate concern over the potential toxic air pollution and related health impacts from this fire, our community should really be concerned about the long-term health and economic impact …
More than 300 people packed into Mayor Dan Pike’s community meeting Wednesday, June 1, to discuss concerns about the environmental effects from the Gateway Pacific Terminal coal and bulk cargo export terminal that SSA Marine wants to build at Cherry Point. Read the full story here.