Rob Davis
March 20, 2015

Call it the zombie subsidy. A $2 million state grant to help a coal export terminal near Clatskanie was killed in a vote by state transportation officials last August. But it refused to stay dead. The request returned to the Oregon Transportation Commission for a second vote Thursday. And for…

Paul K. Anderson
February 23, 2015

Lummi Indian Nation Receives “Declaration in Support of Rights of the Lummi Nation” by Veterans For Peace Corporal Jonathan J. Santos Chapter 111 of Bellingham, Washington The November 25, 2014 Lummi Nation Business Council meeting was the setting in which Lummi Council Chairman Tim Ballew II acknowledged the presence of…

Paul Anderson
January 5, 2015

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Lummi Nation today sent a formal request to the US Army Corps of Engineers asking that they deny a permit for the proposed Cherry Point coal export facility due to treaty rights. In response, Crina Hoyer, executive director of Bellingham’s RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, issued…

Paul Anderson
September 15, 2014

Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will stop all permitting for Ambre Energy’s floundering Morrow Pacific coal export project along the Columbia River. Ambre needs Army Corps permits for an industrial coal dock in order to build and operate its proposed export terminal near Boardman, Ore.…

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…

Northwest tribe calls for halt to coal project review

January 9, 2015

A recent request by the Lummi Nation to halt a federal permit review of the Gateway Pacific Terminal in Bellingham, Washington, sets an important legal marker in the debate over coal exports, according to legal observers and analysts. The tribe, in a Monday letter to the U.S. Army Corps of…

Benjamin Storrow | Star Tribune

Washington Tribe Wants Feds To Halt Coal Project

January 9, 2015

LUMMI RESERVATION, Wash. — The Lummi Nation issued a letter Monday to the U.S. government seeking to end the project’s permitting process for a coal-shipping project encircled by their Puget Sound fishing grounds. In the letter, the Lummi tribal council calls on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt…

Ashley Ahearn | KUOW

Federal judge orders Army Corps to release Ambre Energy coal terminal documents

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…

Rob Davis | The Oregonian

Coal trains kill Cold Trains: Fruit delivery service shuts down as rail congestion heats up

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…

Steve Wilhelm | Puget Sound Business Journal

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