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.
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.
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.
Draft environmental permits for the Morrow Pacific coal export project in Boardman, Oregon, are ready for public comment.
Environmental groups have gone to court again to stop the export of liquidified natural gas from the Port of Coos Bay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oregon State University will soon have $3 million dollars from the National Science Foundation to design high-tech vessels for coastal research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two endangered turtles washed ashore in Oregon this week. Both were in critical condition and being treated at the Oregon Ocean Aquarium in Newport.