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

Marcela Gara News

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 …

CREDIT: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

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

Marcela Gara News

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 …

Departing DNR boss jolts Longview coal-terminal plan

Becca Shew News

ByHal Bernton, Seattle Times staff reporter As he wraps up his final days in office, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Peter Goldmark has delivered a blow to a Longview coal-export terminal by rejecting a tidal-lands sublease needed for a loading dock. Goldmark said the developer, Millennium Bulk Terminals, has repeatedly failed to provide information about the structure of the sublease, …

Diverse coalition stands up against proposed Longview coal export facility

Eric Shew News

Coal project would turn southwest Washington into the coal export capital of North America Hundreds of residents from across the Pacific Northwest testified today against a proposal to build the largest coal export terminal in North America in Longview, Washington. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) took public testimony on their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed …

From Montana to the coast, coal dust threatens humans health

Eric Shew News

Sightline Institude : Tarika Powell and Samir Junejo A new study shows Bellingham and Longview terminals would harm communities along rail route. This article is part of the series A Crackdown on Coal Dust Update 4/4/16: The Gateway Pacific Terminal project has requested a temporary suspension of the proposal’s environmental review process. If the coal industry gets its way, the Columbia River Gorge …

Coal trains mean coal dust—period. And trackside communities should worry.

Eric Shew News

Sightline Institute,  Eric de Place This article is part of the series A Crackdown on Coal Dust So much coal dust escapes from the open-top rail cars used for transporting coal that it can create safety problems for rail traffic. Coal dust deposits sometimes cause spontaneous fires, and in 2005, for example, coal dust that had accumulated in ballast, the …

Over a quarter of a million public comments against largest coal export terminal in North America

Marcela Gara News

Public Comment Period Ends As Community Concerns Grow Over Fossil Fuel Transport Given Recent Oil Train Derailment on Columbia River  Olympia, WA:   Residents traveling up from Longview, WA delivered public comments to the Washington Dept. of Ecology at the end of the 45 day public comment process.   The agency should receive over 257,000 comments calling on the Dept. of Ecology …