August 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) today rejected a vital permit for Ambre Energy’s proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project along the Columbia River. The historic decision deals a severe blow to Ambre Energy’s struggling proposal and marks the first time a Pacific Northwest state agency…

August 15, 2014

A surge in oil trains hauling North Dakota’s energy bonanza is interfering with grain shipments to Pacific Northwest ports, prompting fears of a chronic crisis in which railcars carrying fossil fuels crowd out other products and disrupt exports. Read the full story at The Seattle Times…

AP Photo/Nati Harnik
August 15, 2014

It will have taken nearly two years, but an environmental group will finally get the documents it wanted about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers review of a proposed Oregon coal export terminal. A federal judge on Thursday ordered the agency to produce more than 300 pages of documents sought…

August 8, 2014

Congestion from coal and oil trains seems to be the key factor forcing closure of a prominent express rail service that carries Washington fruit and produce to East Coast markets. Cold Train on Thursday announced it is shutting down its express service from Quincy, Wash. because restrictions in the BNSF…

Struggling Ambre Energy Coal Export Terminal Dealt Another Blow

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…

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber firmly opposes Ambre Energy coal export terminal, sets May deadline

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…

Rob Davis | The Oregonian

NW officials to Kitzhaber: Deny coal project permit

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…

Julia Rogers | Portland Tribune

Homes near rail lines face exposure to harmful emissions: study

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…

Gordon Hoesktra | Vancouver Sun

Study Tallies Economic Risks Of Oregon Coal Export Project

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…

Earthfix | OPB

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…