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Coal in the Northwest

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

Ongoing Coverage Of The Region's Coal Export Proposals

Energy | Environment

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.

Energy | Environment

Oregon Delays Decision On Morrow Pacific Coal Export Dock

May 30, 2014 4:46 p.m.

The Oregon Department of State Lands has delayed until August its permitting decision on a controversial coal export dock on the Columbia River. The decision was expected by May 31.

Energy | Environment

Controversial Crude Oil And Coal Export Dock In Line For Oregon Subsidies

June 12, 2014 5:53 a.m.

A review board recommends that the state of Oregon spend $4 millions to help expand a controversial crude oil and coal export dock at the Port of St. Helens near Clatskanie, Oregon.

Communities | Environment

Kitzhaber: 'It Is Time Once And For All To Say No To Coal Exports'

April 25, 2014 11:55 p.m.

In a speech to the Oregon League of Conservation Voters last weekend, Gov. John Kitzhaber voiced clear opposition to coal export projects in the Northwest. Now, what is he going to do about it?

Energy | Environment

Coal Export Developer Challenges Tribal Claims To Fishing Sites On The Columbia

May 2, 2014 8:30 p.m.

An Oregon coal export developer is challenging claims that its proposed dock on the Columbia River would interfere with tribal fishing sites.

Energy | Environment

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.

Energy | Environment

Two Challenges To Oregon's Coal Export Permit Denial Move Forward

Oct. 3, 2014 12:32 a.m.

The state of Oregon has approved hearings for two of three challenges to the recent Morrow Pacific coal export permit denial.

Energy | Environment

Coal Export Backers Appeal Permit Denial For Columbia River Project

Sept. 8, 2014 11:22 p.m.

The developer of the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project, as well as two project supporters, are appealing the state of Oregon's decision to deny a permit for a dock on the Columbia River.

Energy | Environment

Oregon Denies Permit For Controversial Coal Export Dock

Aug. 18, 2014 8:36 p.m.

Oregon regulators announced Monday they will not issue a permit for a controversial coal export dock in Boardman.

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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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