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…

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

No bids for Wyo. federal coal tract a first

August 22, 2013

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time, nobody has bid on a federal coal tract offered for sale in Wyoming after the company that initially sought to mine the location determined that it couldn’t do so profitably. Read the full story here.

Mead Gruver | Associated Press

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

Railroad threatens a quiet Amish way of life

February 10, 2013

COLSTRIP, Mont. — David Borntreger and his family moved from Missouri to a remote corner of southeastern Montana in 1997 to escape the increasing pressures of the modern world. Borntreger, his brother Levi, and their families are members of a small Amish settlement about 120 miles east of Billings, Mont.…

John Adams | USA Today

Former Mont. Gov. Brian Schweitzer calls most Wash. coal export plans ‘dead’ (pt. 2)

January 17, 2013

Brian Schweitzer’s two terms as the 23rd governor of Montana drew to a close Jan. 7. In mid-December 2012, Schweitzer spoke with SNL Energy on topics including coal development, wind generation and his prospects as a potential secretary of energy. Second in a two-part series. SNL Energy: What are the…

Dan Testa | SNL

Former Mont. Gov. Brian Schweitzer proposes a national energy policy (pt. 1)

January 16, 2013

In mid-December 2012, Schweitzer spoke with SNL Energy on topics ranging from coal development to wind generation to his prospects as a potential future secretary of energy. Always outspoken, Schweitzer began the interview by cutting off the first question and launching into his plan for a national energy policy focused…

Dan Testa | SNL

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