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Portland City Council has voted to join other regional cities that oppose coal-export trains rolling through the region. A hearing before the vote was well attended by a core group of Portland and Columbia Gorge residents who've been active in their opposition to coal-export expansions.
The city of Portland has no power to restrict coal exports moving along railroad lines. The rail companies have their own right-of-way. But if Portland passes a proposed resolution, it would join the ranks of at least 20 local governments that have passed similar resolutions.
Robert Hill conducts some of the coal trains that travel through the Northwest. To him, concerns about coal dust and noise from coal trains are overblown. He knows more coal will mean more jobs like his at BNSF Railway.
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire puts one long running environmental controversy to bed Friday. She’ll travel to Centralia to sign into law a phase out of coal-fired electricity generation in the state. But meanwhile, another coal controversy is heating up in another part of Washington.
Portland is exploring its power to regulate the coal industry as the business looks to expand in the Northwest. If the city council passes a resolution currently under consideration, it would join the ranks of at least twenty local governments that have passed similar resolutions.
Environment | local | NewsNov. 24, 2015 1:45 a.m.
A study from the University of Washington shows coal trains polluted into the Columbia River Gorge twice as much as diesel freight trains.
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.
Scott Higgins is mayor of Camas, Wash., a town that would see more coal trains if proposed Northwest coal export terminals are approved. Although it's been a divisive issue, Higgins is walking a tightrope, saying he's neither for nor against transporting coal through his town.
A proposed coal export terminal in Coos Bay, Ore., would route coal trains just 100 feet from Richard and Tonya Burkholder’s home and business. They say they would welcome the trains as part of an economic boost to their coastal community.
It's Friday, and so it's time for another "News Roundtable." We'll look back at the news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors, and news watchers. We'll look at some of the stories that we didn't cover, and push forward some of the stories we already dug into. This week we're looking at:
EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn reports on a coal dust study scientists have begun in the Northwest to determine what affect coal by rail might have on the environment.
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.
local | News | Politics | Think Out LoudApril 12, 2016 7 p.m.
Allen Alley, an engineer and tech executive, ran for Oregon treasurer in 2008 and governor in 2010. He's running for the Republican nomination for governor in the May 17 primary.
The planned Salmonberry Corridor would trace 86 miles from Banks to Tillamook, often following railroad lines.
We'll hear from EarthFix editor Dave Steves and John Horvick of DHM Research about the new environmental poll commissioned by EarthFix.