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Coal in the Northwest

Jan. 12, 2015 9:15 p.m.

Ongoing Coverage Of The Region's Coal Export Proposals

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 | Communities

Comments On Longview Coal Export Project Reach 195,000

Nov. 18, 2013 6:54 p.m.

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.

Environment | Communities

How Public Officials Manage To Review 200,000 Comments On Coal Exports

Nov. 14, 2013 6 p.m.

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?

Environment | Energy

Washington's Catholic Bishops Call For Broad Review Of Coal Exports

Nov. 12, 2013 6:24 p.m.

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.

Environment | Communities

Longview Coal Export Project Hearing Draws A Thousand People

Oct. 10, 2013 12:32 a.m.

About a thousand people turned out for a six-hour hearing on the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project Wednesday.

Could Coal Exports Run Through Vancouver Port?

July 16, 2013 5:25 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.

Environment | Energy

Could Coal Exports Run Through Vancouver Port?

July 16, 2013 6 a.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.

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Public To Weigh In On Longview Coal Export Terminal

Aug. 9, 2013 10:52 p.m.

Permitting agencies begin seeking public comment next week on a proposed coal export terminal near Longview, Wash.

Environment | Energy

Elected Officials Ask Oregon Governor To Deny Coal Export Permit

April 3, 2014 1:05 a.m.

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.

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Regulators Deny Permit For Export Coal Dock

Aug. 20, 2014 7:45 p.m.

We'll discuss the decision not to issue a permit to build a coal export dock in Boardman.

EarthFix Special: Coal

June 14, 2013 7:47 p.m.

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

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A Coos Bay Update: Coal & LNG

April 18, 2012 4:06 p.m.

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.

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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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Environmental Update On Oil Trains, Coal & More

May 20, 2014 7:15 p.m.

We'll round-up some of the region's major environmental stories from the EarthFix team.

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Coal Would Bring More Rail Traffic To Northwest

April 5, 2013 7:45 p.m.

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.

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Gubernatorial Republican Candidate: Dennis Richardson

Oct. 15, 2014 7:06 p.m.

Republican Dennis Richardson is challenging Democratic Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in the November election.

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