May 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. – On Friday, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) announced that it will delay a permit decision for Ambre Energy’s struggling Morrow Pacific coal export project along the Columbia River until August 18, 2014. This is the eighth time that the permit has been delayed. On the…

AP Photo/Jonathan Cooper
April 25, 2014

Gov. John Kitzhaber has taken his strongest stand against a proposed coal export terminal proposed at the Port of Morrow in Boardman, saying it should be rejected and setting a May 31 deadline for a state decision on the project. “It is time to once and for all to say…

Friends of the Columbia Gorge
April 3, 2014

Ambre Energy has requested that the state delay its decision whether to permit the Morrow Pacific coal export proposal along the Columbia River. It is the group’s seventh request for delay in two years from the Oregon Department of State Lands. The Morrow Pacific project will ship 8.8 million tons…

Jeff Gentner
March 26, 2014

A University of Washington study has found residents near rail lines face increased exposure to harmful microscopic particles from diesel emissions. The study also found residents are exposed to larger particles, possibly from coal trains. The study, accepted for publication this month in the online journal Atmospheric Pollution Research, provides…

Katie Campbell
March 20, 2014

A study released Thursday by coal export opponents tallies the economic risks of barging coal down the Columbia River –- from the cost of killing salmon and emitting air pollution to increased accidents and impacts to recreation in the Columbia River Gorge. The report’s author, Ecotrust economist Noah Enelow, suggests that the…

Larry Mayer
March 19, 2014

Montana farmers are struggling to get their wheat to Pacific ports, as weather, construction and traffic take a toll on grain trains. Wheat has been slow to move to the Pacific Northwest for several months and there is now talk of the 2013 crop still being shipped when this year’s…

Don’t Limit Coal Impact Study

December 4, 2013

Attorneys general for the states of North Dakota and Montana have asked our Department of Ecology to limit the scope of its environmental impact statement on building a coal export terminal at Longview. The DOE should resist this pressure. The public comment period — which ended Nov. 18 — on…

The Olympian

State receives record 163,000 comments for Millennium project

November 18, 2013

Regulators have received 163,000 comments on the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal dock west of Longview — likely the biggest public response to a project in state history. The latest Friday count surpasses the 124,000 comments received by the state Department of Ecology early this year for a proposed coal…

Erik Olson | The Daily News

Backers of Longview Coal Export Terminal Lonely in Tacoma at Fifth and Final Hearing

October 21, 2013

Hundreds of red-shirted opponents of a coal-export facility in Longview packed a hearing in Tacoma Thursday, concerned about local and global spin-off effects of the project. The “scoping” hearing was the fifth and final one in a series of meetings held around the state. Opponents have dominated all of them.…

Rob Carson | The News Tribune

Coal Terminal Hearings Draw 1,000

October 21, 2013

An estimated 1,000 people filed into the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds on Wednesday to make their best case for or against a proposed coal export terminal in Longview. The meeting was the latest show of force for two well-organized groups that have packed similar gatherings across the…

Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip | The Columbian

Longview Coal Port Skeptics Want Thorough Study

October 21, 2013

Inland Northwest residents turned out in force in Spokane on Wednesday evening to persuade officials that a proposed West Side shipping terminal’s potential environmental impacts reach far beyond its site on the lower Columbia River. “The environmental impact statement should include environmental impacts in Spokane,” Spokane City Council President Ben…

Mike Prager | The Spokesman-Review

Longview coal hearing draws foes, backers

September 17, 2013

About 2,000 people jammed into the Cowlitz Expo Center on Tuesday evening, capping six hours of hearings on a proposed Longview coal terminal in which both sides rallied vigorously but without the incivility law enforcement officials had feared. . . “How much more does my neighborhood have to suffer? ……

Erik Olsen and Barbara LaBoe | The Daily News

Washington Families Against Coal Trains

September 16, 2013

The Power Past Coal coalition launched an ad buy in advance of the public scoping hearings for the proposed terminal at Longview, WA. Rick Marshall, a Camas resident and one of the family members profiled in the Power Past Coal spot, says that he and his family understand the importance…

By Sierra Club & Power Past Coal

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