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Environment | Energy

International Investors Want In On Oregon Coast Coal Terminal

A trio of companies - Mitsui, Metro Ports, and an unnamed third partner - are developing a plan to build an export terminal in Coos Bay. It would ship up to 10 million tons of coal a year from the Powder River Basin to a power plant in Asia. **See also: [How Coal Helped Build Coos Bay](/energy/article/how-coal-helped-build-the-port-of-coos-bay/ "How Coal Helped Build Coos Bay")**

Environment | Communities

EarthFix Conversations: The Economic Pull Of Coal Exports In The Northwest

A half-dozen different coal export proposals have popped up around the Pacific Northwest. It isn't exactly an industry Oregon and Washington have been trying to lure. In fact, the projects face considerable opposition throughout the region. But the economic incentives to export are pretty strong, too. For more on the tradeoffs of coal exports in the Northwest, EarthFix spoke with Darren Epps, editor of Platts' market analysis newsletter on U.S. Coal.

Environment | Communities

What's Shut Down In the NW World Of Federal Public Lands And Natural Resource Operations

Here's a rundown on what the BLM, FWS, NOAA, NPS and other federal agencies known by their TLAs and FLAs (Sorry - three-letter-acronyms and four-letter-acronyms) are up to ... and no longer up to in the Northwest due to the federal government shutdown.

Environment | Energy

Survey Finds Support For Coal Transport Through NW

A new public opinion poll for EarthFix finds a majority of residents in Washington, Oregon and Idaho support transporting coal from Wyoming and Montana through the Northwest so it can be exported to Asia. The biggest segment of this group says it's somewhat, rather than strongly, supportive.

Environment | Energy

Portland Joins Other NW Cities Questioning Coal Trains

Portland is exploring its power to regulate the coal industry as the business looks to expand in the Northwest. If the city council passes a resolution currently under consideration, it would join the ranks of at least twenty local governments that have passed similar resolutions.

Environment | Land

Jewell Makes First NW Return As Interior Secretary

Interior Secretary Sally Jewel made her first public stop in the Northwest in Portland Thursday, six weeks into the job.

Environment | Energy

As NW Considers Coal Exports, China Chokes On Coal-Fired Smog

As Oregon and Washington consider proposals to export coal, satellite images show heavy cover of smog over China.

local | News | Politics

Fight Over Oregon's 'Sanctuary Law' Brings Immigration Policy Battle To The NW

Opponents of Oregon's "sanctuary law" are collecting signatures to put the issue on the ballot, and feelings are already running high on both sides.

Environment | Water

Proposed Hydropower Lands NW River On Endangered List

A proposed hydropower project has landed a Northwest waterway on an environmental group's list of the top 10 Most Endangered Rivers of 2012. The head of the utility looking into the possible dam on Washington's Skykomish River says he doesn't think it's a fair "to describe studying something as endangering it."

Environment | Energy

BPA Orders NW Wind Farms to Curtail Production

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Bonneville Power Administration has ordered Pacific Northwest wind farms to cut production twice in recent days because it has a surplus of power from hydroelectric dams.

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Think Out Loud

The Top Environmental Stories of 2011

 A lot of the biggest Northwest environmental stories surrounded energy issues.  Coal plants in Centralia, WA, and Boardman, OR both faced pressure to close their doors sooner than planned. Those closures come at the same time that Longview, WA and Bellingham, WA proposed coal export terminals to ship the resource to China. Idaho joined in on the national push toward "fracking" for natural gas. And the federal decision to postpone the Keystone XL oil pipeline has raised the question of whether we'll see more oil tankers in NW waters as companies look for other routes to carry oil to China. The national Solyndra controversy raised questions about the certainty of investments in the local renewable energy industry. The wind and hydroelectric industries tried to work out the kinks of how to deal with the times when too much energy gets generated by both sources. And the Japanese tsunami that led to the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis and cleanup has raised quesitons everywhere about the safety of nuclear energy.

Arts | State of Wonder

Tsunamis, Demolitions And Dog Poop: Vanessa Renwick Takes It To The Next Level

Vanessa Renwick's new video installation, "Next-Level F---ed Up," mashes up the absurd and the awful, but ends upbeat.

Think Out Loud

News Roundtable: June 20, 2013

We're a day early with our regular news roundtable, our chance to review the big news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week, our discussion topics include:

  • Negotiations in Salem over the education budget
  • The Army Corps of Engineers' decision not to investigate the effect coal terminals would have on climate change or the region as a whole in its approval process
  • The push by a majority of Washington's congressional delegation for the federal government not to prosecute Washingtonians who buy or sell marijuana under the state's new law.
  • The Oregon Supreme Court upholding Gov. John Kitzhaber's right to block the execution of Gary Haugen.

Think Out Loud

Marijuana Retail Stores Open Across Washington

We're live from Vancouver's first recreational marijuana store, Main Street Marijuana, which opens for business today. 

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