New Poll Shows Majority of WA and OR Voters Oppose Coal Exports

September 16, 2013

A new poll shows a majority of voters in both Washington (51%) and Oregon (54%) oppose the proposed plans to export coal from Northwest ports, with a majority of moderate (54% in both states), liberal (69% in WA, 75% in OR) and a large number of independent voters (48% in…

Power Past Coal coalition

Documents Reveal Army Corps’ Earlier Concerns About Coal Trains And Wetlands

September 16, 2013

So far, wetlands have not been a central part of the public debate over coal exports. But concern over these ecologically sensitive areas are familiar to the federal regulators who will decide whether to permit coal export terminals. In fact, according to government documents obtained by EarthFix, the Army Corps…

Ashley Ahearn

Ecology will study impact of coal trains when considering Gateway Pacific Terminal

July 31, 2013

Whatcom County and its regulatory state and federal partners have announced they will conduct a sweeping review of Gateway Pacific Terminal’s environmental impacts — an apparent victory for the coal terminal’s opponents. Read the full story here.

Brian Rosenthal | Seattle Times

Hundreds Turn Out For Hearing On Columbia River Coal Plan

July 9, 2013

Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday in Portland and Hermiston, Ore., for simultaneously held hearings on a proposal to transport coal by train to the Columbia River so it can be shipped to Asia. Read the full story here.

Courtney Flatt & Cassandra Profita | OPB

Columbia River Coal Plan Gets First Hearing In Boardman

December 5, 2012

BOARDMAN, Ore. – A series of public meetings about a proposed coal export terminal kicked off Tuesday night in this Eastern Oregon town that hugs the Columbia River Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality hosted the meeting to take comments and answer questions about permits required for the proposed Morrow Pacific…

Courtney Flatt | EarthFix

DEQ to hear from public on coal exports Tuesday

December 3, 2012

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will conduct the first of three public hearings Dec. 4 in Boardman on the proposed Morrow-Pacific coal exports project by Australian company, Ambre Energy. Ambre is proposing to bring up to 8.8 million tons of coal per year by train from the coalfields of…

Hermiston Herald

EDITORIAL: Coal will dwarf the LNG debate

February 27, 2012

Political and land-use fights over liquefied natural gas terminals on the lower Columbia River are merely the JV game when compared to the Rose Bowl-sized commotion starting in earnest over coal export. One of the star players in this drama has now revealed much of its game plan, in the…

Daily Astorian