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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.
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.
The Columbia River town of Camas, Wash. is succeeding at building a reputation as a tourist destination. But some residents worry their community could develop a new reputation: as a pass-through town for noisy, dusty coal trains.
Six new terminals are proposed in Washington and Oregon to move coal from the Rockies to Asian markets.
The coal would travel by train through Washington and Oregon to get to those terminals. The Seattle city council will vote Tuesday on a resolution opposing coal exports through Washington.
Washington’s coal export terminal proposals are winning the battle for public opinion, a new survey finds. But the results are nuanced.
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.
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.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is asking federal agencies to study the environmental impacts of coal exports from the West Coast.
Republican Dennis Richardson is challenging Democratic Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in the November election.
Among the dismal economic news about the housing market, unemployment and consumer confidence, exports have been touted as a bright spot, and the key to economic recovery. Exports are a significant economic driver in the Northwest. Shipments from Oregon were valued at $10.3 billion between January and July of this year, according to data provided by the Portland U.S. Export Assistance Center. And Washington is the most trade-dependent state in the nation. This is one reason why Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is currently on a trade mission to Asia, talking up cherries, potatoes and other products the Evergreen state sends around the world. Washington and Oregon are now considering exporting coal from other Western states to China to take advantage of that country's seemingly endless energy demands, even as we try to cut down on our own coal consumption here.
All major container shipping companies have left the Port of Portland. That means imports and exports must now go through other ports. State agencies are hosting workshops to brainstorm new ways to keep trade alive in Oregon.