Fingers in the Dike

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, …

Halting the Runaway Coal Export Train

Eric Shew News, perspectives

By Ross Macfarlane This blog kicks off a series to offer some 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 …

Stand Up to Oil, Power Past Coal Statement on Trump’s Executive Order to Expand Coal, Oil, and Gas Extraction and Transport

Marcela Gara News, Uncategorized

See full News Release, here. Residents of the Pacific Northwest have long been a bulwark against coal and oil corporations, defeating destructive mega-projects like the Gateway Pacific coal terminal in Whatcom County, Washington and the Waterside Energy oil refinery in Longview, Washington. Today’s executive order only strengthens our resolve to protect our region against fossil fuels and transition to clean …

Why Does US Coal Get a Free Ride through BC?

Marcela Gara News, Uncategorized

By Ariel Ross Americans reject terminals, so Wyoming’s coal heads to Asia through the Lower Mainland. (B.C., Canada) If you’ve ever been to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen, you’ve seen them. The big, black piles of coal framed against the mountains as you drive down the causeway. But not all coal is created equal. One day the train crawling past …

Zinke confirmation puts coal industry in control of Interior Department

Eric Shew News

As Congressman, Ryan Zinke pushed dead-end coal export proposals despite unprecedented local, tribal opposition SEATTLE, WA – Today’s confirmation of Ryan Zinke to head President Trump’s Department of the Interior puts one of the most outspoken advocates of coal export proposals in control of 500 million acres of public land, including coal deposits and mines throughout the nation. The U.S. …

Oregonians! Join us at the Rally for Clean Energy Jobs and Public Hearing in Salem on Wednesday, March 1st.

Marcela Gara News

We can. We must. We will. You are part of an ever-growing movement to protect the state we love from the fossil fuel industry. They want to tether our future to dirty projects like coal export and oil terminals. But, together, we have pushed back and helped our region earn a reputation for protecting clean water and air, and combating …

Coal-export terminal backer appeals denial of state sublease

Marcela Gara News

By Associated Press LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Developers of a proposed coal-export terminal in southwest Washington have challenged the state’s denial of an aquatic lands lease for the project. The Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2lylmYm ) that Millennium Bulk Terminals and Northwest Alloys appealed the state’s decision in Cowlitz County Superior Court Feb. 2. Before leaving office, Public Lands Commissioner Peter …

Developers withdraw coal terminal applications, ending project

Marcela Gara News

By Dave Gallagher, Business Editor at The Bellingham Herald. Developers of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point have withdrawn its permit applications, essentially closing the book on the project. Pacific International Terminals sent a letter Tuesday to Whatcom County officials announcing it was stopping the environmental impact statement process and is withdrawing its applications for the Gateway Pacific Terminal. …

Departing DNR boss jolts Longview coal-terminal plan

Becca Shew News

ByHal Bernton, Seattle Times staff reporter As he wraps up his final days in office, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Peter Goldmark has delivered a blow to a Longview coal-export terminal by rejecting a tidal-lands sublease needed for a loading dock. Goldmark said the developer, Millennium Bulk Terminals, has repeatedly failed to provide information about the structure of the sublease, …