Voices of Resistance

Marcela Gara News, perspectives

Washington State denied yet another critical permit for Millennium’s (MBT) proposed coal export terminal! The decision marks the third time the state gave the thumbs down to MBT’s scheme which would be the largest coal export terminal in North America and ship an estimated 44 million tons of coal per year by rail, posing significant risks to impacted communities, habitats, …

Coal train, Longview Washington

State Denies Key Water Quality Permit for Longview Coal Project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2017 Contacts: Regna Merritt, Co-Director Power Past Coal coalition, (971) 235-7643 Caleb Heeringa, Deputy Press Secretary – Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, (425) 890-9744,caleb.heeringa@sierraclub.org Jan Hasselman, Staff Attorney – Earthjustice, (206) 343-7340 x1025 Svein Newman, Deputy Director of Organizer – Northern Plains Resource Council, (406) 855-8887 State Denies Key Water Quality Permit for Longview Coal …

Coal Train

Will coal trains boost local cancer risk?

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State study suggests coal trains increase risk; BNSF disagrees By Marissa Luck, Reporter at The Daily News Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series that will appear in coming weeks about whether trains serving the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal terminal will increase cancer risks. It was bright, orange and powerful. A 74-foot-long BNSF Railway locomotive, capable of …

Longview coal: Ecology to make water decision by September

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By Marissa Luck, Reporter at The Daily News. The state Department of Ecology says it will decide by September whether to issue a water quality certification for the proposed Longview coal dock. At Ecology’s request, Millennium Bulk Terminals withdrew and resubmitted its application for the certification Monday to reflect changes to its project. Ecology also wanted to review a new …

No Coal Export

Tell the WA Dept. of Ecology to say NO to the nation’s largest coal export terminal

Marcela Gara News, Uncategorized

Do you think Washington State should give coal companies permission to pollute the Columbia River with toxic coal dust and worsen the climate crisis? I didn’t think so. Tell the Washington Department of Ecology to say NO to the nation’s largest coal export terminal. Together, we can convince Ecology to deny a key water pollution permit and stop dirty coal …

Coal terminal gets first permit from county

Marcela Gara News, Uncategorized

Statement from the Power Past Coal coalition in response to the Cowlitz County Critical Areas Permit Millennium faces a number of significant hurdles before it can site the largest coal export terminal in North America on the Columbia River. Today’s decision by Cowlitz County to issue one of several permits required by the County does not change this reality. Earlier this …

The Thin Green Line

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By Sightline Institute The Pacific Northwest stands squarely between the most voracious energy markets in the world and huge fossil fuel deposits in the interior of North America—Powder River Basin coal, Bakken shale oil, Alberta tar sands, and remote natural gas fields. Big energy companies plan to unearth these vast reserves of carbon-intense fuels and put them up for sale …

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Greenhouse gases, cancer risk tied to proposed Longview coal terminal, report says

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By Hal Bernton, Seattle Times Staff Reporters An environmental-impact statement for Millennium Bulk Terminals was released to the public April 28. A proposed coal-export terminal in Longview would significantly increase Columbia River vessel traffic, bump up cancer risks for a local neighborhood and result in a net addition of some two million metric tons annually of greenhouse gas emissions, according …

Top Canadian official requests an end to U.S. coal exports out of Canada

Eric Shew News, Uncategorized

  SEATTLE– Yesterday, one of the Canada’s top officials, Premier Christy Clark, requested that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stop the export of U.S. coal out of British Columbia’s ports today. This request comes after the Trump Administration imposed a tax on Canadian lumber coming into the United States. If this request is approved, communities across the Pacific Northwest will benefit …

Power Past Coal Longview Terminal

Longview coal terminal is a road to nowhere

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By Clark Williams-Derry, Seattle Times Op-Ed The reality is that the economic prospects for West Coast coal exports have collapsed. LONG before Big Coal hitched its wagon to President Donald Trump, the industry had tied its fortunes to another would-be savior: exports. Starting in 2010 the industry proposed a slew of new West Coast export terminals, all aimed at supplying …