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

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

Bellingham residents at odds over coal proposal

November 13, 2012

BELLINGHAM – This progressive college town is known for its stunning scenery, access to the outdoors and eclectic mix of aging hippies, students and other residents. But lately it’s turned into a battleground in the debate over whether the Pacific Northwest should become the hub for exporting U.S. coal to…

Phuong Le | Associated Press

Epic Northwest battle: Defining how big a deal coal ports are

November 12, 2012

It is being called “unprecedented” but it seems to be rolling out as its authors had intended, perhaps the biggest experiment in environmental democracy the Northwest has ever seen. That would be the “scoping” process to determine what effects the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal north of Bellingham would have on…

Floyd McKay | Crosscut

Study: Coal Trains Would Hit Property Values Hard

November 10, 2012

A new study commissioned by Seattle-based Climate Solutions concluded that a proposal to run as many as 18 1.6-mile-long coal trains a day through Seattle to a new coal terminal in Bellingham could cost property owners along the route as much as $265 million in lost property values. The report…

Erica C. Barnett | Publicola