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Survey Finds Support For Coal Transport Through NW

July 26, 2012 12:20 a.m.

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

International Investors Want In On Oregon Coast Coal Terminal

April 18, 2012 6 a.m.

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

April 3, 2012 11 a.m.

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 | Energy

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

Oct. 24, 2013 3:16 p.m.

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

Environment | Energy

Portland Joins Other NW Cities Questioning Coal Trains

Sept. 19, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Transportation | Water | Air | Environment | Energy

NW Push For Clean Fuels Could Mean More Crude, New Refinery

May 27, 2015 1:45 a.m.

The push for cleaner fuels in Oregon and Washington has led to proposals that would bring the region more crude oil and a new refinery along the Columbia River.

Environment | Communities

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

Oct. 1, 2013 9:36 p.m.

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.

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The Top Environmental Stories of 2011

Dec. 19, 2011 5:40 p.m.

 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.

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News Roundtable: June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013 7:15 p.m.

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.

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Marijuana Retail Stores Open Across Washington

July 9, 2014 7:06 p.m.

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

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