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Oregon Utility Vetoes St. Helens Coal Export Terminal

May 2, 2012 10:55 p.m.

Portland General Electric may have put the brakes on one of two coal export terminals proposed for the Port of St. Helens.

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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

Coal Export Terminal Faces Setback On South Oregon Coast

March 8, 2013 11:06 p.m.

A coal export terminal proposed for Oregon’s South Coast has hit a setback. Two of the project’s investors have dropped out, according to public records obtained Friday by EarthFix.

Environment | Communities

Rail Company Drops Plans For Wash. Coast Coal Export Terminal

Aug. 14, 2012 5 a.m.

RailAmerica has told the Port of Grays Harbor on the Washington coast that it is no longer interesting in developing a terminal to export coal.

Environment | Energy

Coal Export Opponents Dominate Vancouver Hearing

Dec. 13, 2012 2:21 a.m.

About 700 people gathered Wednesday night to comment on a coal export terminal that could be built near Bellingham, Wash.

New Poll: Coal Exports Winning Support In Washington

Feb. 1, 2013 3:04 p.m.

Washington’s coal export terminal proposals are winning the battle for public opinion, a new survey finds. But the results are nuanced.

Officials Shrink Endangered Species Review For Morrow Coal Plant

Sept. 6, 2013 1:43 p.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reducing the area it will consider in its endangered species review for the Morrow Pacific coal export terminal.

Environment | Energy

Wyoming Governor Visits Washington To Promote Coal Exports

June 4, 2014 1:02 a.m.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead tours a proposed coal export terminal on the Washington side of the Columbia River. Facilities like this are needed to get Wyoming coal to Asian markets.

Environment | Energy

Last Remaining Investor Bails Out On Coos Bay Coal Export Plan

April 1, 2013 11:03 p.m.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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Environmental Update

April 11, 2012 4:06 p.m.

Six different coal terminals are being proposed in the Pacific Northwest, from north of Bellingham to Grays Harbor to Coos Bay. The companies proposing the terminals hope to capitalize on the ever-increasing energy demands of China and India. Establishing terminals on the West Coast would potentially help expedite the process of getting coal that's mined in Montana and Wyoming into Asian markets. The terminals could mean a million dollar increase in revenue for a city like Hoquiam, WA, which is equivalent to one-third of that struggling city's operating budget. But the terminals also come with environmental and public health costs. EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn has been traveling around the Northwest visiting towns that could be future coal terminal sites. She's gathered the responses from community members, businesses and researchers.

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Environmental Update

Aug. 27, 2012 7:15 p.m.

As we've discussed on the show in the past, there are several proposed coal terminals in the Pacific Northwest. While the number of proposals has decreased slightly from six to five, this is still a hot topic with both staunch defenders and entrenched opposition. Proponents say the export terminals would generate revenue and help stimulate local economies. But environmental groups argue the emissions generated by the transport of coal and the coal itself wouldn't be worth the economic benefits. Companies that mine coal in Wyoming and Montana are hoping these terminals move forward to help them meet the growing demand for coal in Asian markets. We'll also get the latest on another developing environmental story: dam removal on Washington's Elwha river. Dam removal started last year. Now, salmon are starting to return to the river.

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Talking Business

May 10, 2012 4:35 p.m.

Changes are afoot at the North Park Blocks in Portland. Two colleges — Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Oriental Medicine — are resettling near Portland's Old Town neighborhood in the coming years. The colleges will bring over 1000 students, instructors, and staff members to the urban area currently dotted with many social services. Neighborhood advocates hope it will bring increased economic activity to an area that some see as blighted. In other business news, analysts are seeing an increase in small business loans, a good sign of a recovering economy (though real estate trends remain relatively dismal). Meanwhile, the battle over the economics of several potential coal terminals in the Northwest continues to rage, with each side lobbing arguments over the economic wisdom of going forward.

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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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