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As Oregon and Washington consider proposals to export coal, satellite images show heavy cover of smog over China.
The number of comments on the Millennium coal export terminal proposed for Longview, Wash. exceeds the 125,000 comments received on the Gateway Pacific coal export project in Bellingham, Wash., earlier this year.
Across the Northwest, agencies have collected more than 200,000 public comments on controversial coal export and oil-by-rail projects. What exactly happens to all those comments?
SeattlePI.com reports that Washington's four Catholic bishops have released a statement calling for “exhaustive and independent review” of the state's two coal export terminals under consideration.
About a thousand people turned out for a six-hour hearing on the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project Wednesday.
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.
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.
Permitting agencies begin seeking public comment next week on a proposed coal export terminal near Longview, Wash.
Dozens of elected officials from across the region are asking Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and a state agency director to deny a key permit for a coal export project on the Columbia River.
Wednesday at 10 p.m. A look at the complex issues surrounding the question of whether or not to build coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest. Photo: Katie Campbell
The company that wants to build a natural gas export terminal and pipeline in Coos Bay got a big setback this week. Federal regulators ruled they'll have to start over with the process for permitting the pipeline. Meanwhile, the Port of Coos Bay has been working on a different energy project: exporting coal from the area. The names of the coal companies had not been made public, but Earthfix reporters have now discovered at least two of the companies involved. We'll find out the latest developments in both the LNG and coal export efforts with OPB Earthfix reporter Amelia Templeton.
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.
The EarthFix team has been looking into the many ways that proposed coal terminals would affect the lives and livelihoods of people in the Northwest. Reporter Bonnie Stewart's latest investigative piece focuses on what it would take for Northwest railways to be ready to accommodate new trains carrying coal to the proposed terminals.
Republican Dennis Richardson is challenging Democratic Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in the November election.