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…

Report sounds concern about capacity of rail system to handle more coal shipments

February 24, 2014

Taxpayers could be on the hook for hefty traffic mitigation costs Coal and oil traffic jeopardizes other shippers Billings, Mont. — Voluminous and very profitable coal and oil export rail traffic would consume most of the existing rail capacity in the region, displacing other traffic and resulting in higher freight…

Broad Scope for Longview Coal Terminal Evaluation Announced

February 12, 2014

Broad Scope for Longview Coal Terminal Evaluation Announced Strong EIS will consider coal combustion in China, rail impacts in communities outside WA View this press release in PDF form. Contacts: Gayle Kiser, Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community (Longview) 360-749-7029 Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Columbia Riverkeeper, 503-929-5950 Kimberly Larson, Power Past…

Ambre’s Morrow Pacific Coal Export Project Faces New Hurdle, Water Quality Certification from State of Oregon

February 11, 2014

For Immediate Release Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Contact: Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director, Columbia Riverkeeper, (503) 348-2436 Cesia Kearns, Senior Campaign Representative, Sierra Club, (503) 757-7546 Ambre’s Morrow Pacific Coal Export Project Faces New Hurdle, Water Quality Certification from State of Oregon PDF version available here. PORTLAND, OR—Today the Oregon Department of Environmental…

Report finds BLM coal policy out of date

February 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2014 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: L.J. Turner, (307) 939-1393; Steve Charter, (406) 947-2151; Shannon Anderson, (307) 672-5809, Powder River staff; Larry Winslow, Northern Plains staff, (406) 248-1154; and Kevin Dowling, WORC staff, (406) 252-9672. Report finds BLM coal policy out of date Coal export market…

Amtrak passengers stuck for 6 hours at Ferndale

January 30, 2014

Passengers on an Amtrak Cascades train sat for six hours in Ferndale, Whatcom County, on Sunday night, because a freight train had become uncoupled and blocked the tracks ahead. Train 517 left Vancouver, B.C., for Seattle around 5:45 p.m. with about 300 people aboard, said passenger Rachel Lane, 34, who said…

Mike Lindblom | Seattle Times

Coal and oil: A mix to fuel NW fears

January 29, 2014

The masses that stormed the gates of Big Coal in 2013 are turning their fury on Big Oil as the new year opens and the Pacific Northwest considers a future as a massive pipeline on rails connecting the fossil-fuel deposits of Wyoming and North Dakota to the furnaces and factories…

Floyd McKay | Crosscut

Coal Train Blues

January 23, 2014

Friends of the Columbia Gorge, in coordination with partner groups in the Power Past Coal coalition and with the volunteer participation of Portland-based Johnny Cash tribute band Counterfeit Cash, released an online music video called “Coal Train Blues.” A melodic, visually rich, fun take on a serious issue, the video…

China Exports Pollution to U.S., Study Finds

January 21, 2014

BEIJING — Filthy emissions from China’s export industries are carried across the Pacific Ocean and contribute to air pollution in the Western United States, according to a paper published Monday by a prominent American science journal. The research is the first to quantify how air pollution in the United States…

Edward Wong | The New York Times