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Bonnie Stewart


Bonnie Stewart is an investigative reporter for EarthFix. She spent 20 years reporting for daily metropolitan newspapers. She was a projects reporter for The Indianapolis Star and The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, CA. Before joining OPB, she was a journalism professor at West Virginia University. She is the author of “No.9: The1968 Farmington Mine Disaster,” an investigative book which details the negligence that led to the death of 78 coal miners. No.9 won a Gold Medal in the IPPY Awards from Independent Publishers and was a finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s book awards. Her investigations have earned many awards, including the George Polk Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service. She holds a master’s degree in English from California State University, Sacramento.

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Recent Articles

Energy | Environment

Could Coal Exports Run Through Vancouver Port?

OPB | July 15, 2013 11 p.m.

An energy giant recently walked away from a coal export deal on the lower Columbia River. But the pursuit of venues where ships can load up on Asia-bound coal is not over. Could the Port of Vancouver some day trade in coal? It's not out of the question.

Energy | Environment

Financial Facts About Exporting U.S. Coal To Asia

OPB | June 18, 2013 8:44 p.m.

Want to know how coal companies can make a reasonable profit by mining coal in Wyoming and Montana, hauling it to the West Coast by train and then shipping it across the ocean to Asia? Read on ...

Energy | Environment

Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers' Expense

OPB | June 11, 2013 2 p.m.

Coal mining companies are saving tens of millions of dollars that should be going into state and federal treasuries, according to a new report by the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Interior.

Energy | Environment

Draft Environmental Permits For Boardman Coal Exports Ready For Public Comment

EarthFix | May 31, 2013 4 p.m.

Draft environmental permits for the Morrow Pacific coal export project in Boardman, Oregon, are ready for public comment.

Energy | Environment

Environmental Groups File Appeal To Stop Coos Bay Export Plans

OPB | May 28, 2013 3:17 p.m.

Environmental groups have gone to court again to stop the export of liquidified natural gas from the Port of Coos Bay.

Energy | Environment

Anti-coal Export Groups File Legal Petition For Coal Study

EarthFix | May 22, 2013 2:01 p.m.

A dozen Northwest groups file a legal petition with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They want the corps to study the environmental impacts of transporting coal from mines in Montana and Wyoming to export terminals on Puget Sound and the Columbia River.

Energy | Environment

SW Washington Port Announces Crude Oil Deal

OPB | April 22, 2013 5:50 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver in southwest Washington could start handling crude oil from North Dakota under an agreement announced Monday.

Energy | Environment

Last Remaining Investor Bails Out On Coos Bay Coal Export Plan

OPB | April 1, 2013 4:03 p.m.

The last investor in the proposed coal export terminal for the southern Oregon coast has pulled out of the deal. It's the second time a coastal site for such a development in the Northwest has lost its backers.

Communities | Environment

Gateway Pacific Coal Export Report Summarizes 125,000 Public Comments

OPB | April 1, 2013 11:57 a.m.

If you are wondering what 125,000 people have said about the proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Wash., you can take a look at a new report that came out Monday.

Communities | Environment

Northwest Railroads Will Need Improvements To Handle Coal Trains

EarthFix | April 1, 2013 3:30 a.m.

Proposals to build five coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest would bring as many as 47 more freight trains through the region each day. Currently 150 to 175 trains travel in the area each day moving through rail passages that already are congested.

Water | Environment

Oregon Board Of Agriculture Approves Water Quality Plan

EarthFix | March 7, 2013 4 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is taking a more aggressive approach to stop water pollution from farms. Instead of waiting for complaints to come in from the public, the state is going to begin looking for polluters.

Communities | Environment

Multnomah County Health Department Releases Coal Train Report

OPB | March 1, 2013 12:06 p.m.

A new report in Oregon finds there's not enough industry data to say for sure what the health effects would be if trains begin to haul coal to export terminals in the Northwest.

Energy | Environment

Coal Export Company Faces Financial Challenge

OPB | Feb. 13, 2013 1 a.m.

A Seattle think tank is questioning the financial stability of an Australian company that wants to build two controversial coal exports terminals in Oregon and Washington.

Water | Environment

OSU Receives $3 Million Grant To Design Ocean Research Vessels

OPB | Jan. 30, 2013 4 p.m.

Oregon State University will soon have $3 million dollars from the National Science Foundation to design high-tech vessels for coastal research.

Water | Environment

Derelict Vessel Owner Ordered To Pay More Than $1 Million For Columbia River Oil Spill

OPB | Jan. 28, 2013 9:52 a.m.

A Washington man and his company have been hit with a $405,000 fine for the 2011 oil spill in the Columbia River from the derelict vessel Davy Crockett. Washington state also is charging him $680,000 in cleanup costs.

Communities | Environment

Portland Activist Uses Her Art To Protest Coal Export Terminals

OPB | Jan. 23, 2013 11 p.m.

Portland activist Bonnie Meltzer lives near one of the busiest rail intersections in the city. She uses her art to protest against the coal export terminals that have been proposed for the Pacific Northwest.

Communities | Environment

Air Pollution Reaches Unhealthy Levels In Many Northwest Communities

OPB | Jan. 18, 2013 2:42 p.m.

Air pollution levels have reached unhealthy levels in Idaho’s Pocatello and Treasure Valley regions, Washington state’s Stevens, Pierce and Snohomish counties, and in Oregon’s Oakridge, Klamath Falls and Lakeview areas.

Energy | Environment

10 Things To Know About Leasing Coal On Public Land

OPB | Jan. 14, 2013 1:19 p.m.

Calls for tighter oversight of federal coal leases could impact the future of five coal export terminals proposed for the Pacific Northwest. Here are 10 things you should know about the federal coal leasing program in the Powder River Basin.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Warm-Water Turtles Washed Ashore On Chilly Oregon Beaches

OPB | Dec. 18, 2012 8:21 p.m.

Two endangered turtles washed ashore in Oregon this week. Both were in critical condition and being treated at the Oregon Ocean Aquarium in Newport.

Energy | Environment

Coal Export Opponents Dominate Vancouver Hearing

OPB | Dec. 12, 2012 6:21 p.m.

About 700 people gathered Wednesday night to comment on a coal export terminal that could be built near Bellingham, Wash.