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Prospect Of More Coal Trains Raises Concerns in Northwest Washington

April 29, 2011 12:26 p.m.

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.

Energy | Environment

What More Coal Trains Mean To A Railway Engineer

Feb. 18, 2013 7 a.m.

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.

Communities | Environment

Multnomah County Health Department Releases Coal Train Report

March 1, 2013 8:06 p.m.

A new report in Oregon finds there's not enough industry data to say for sure what the health effects would be if trains begin to haul coal to export terminals in the Northwest.

Economy | Business | Energy | local

Portland Council Votes To Oppose Coal Trains

Sept. 20, 2012 12:10 a.m.

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.

Energy | Environment

Portland Joins Other NW Cities Questioning Coal Trains

Sept. 19, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

local | News | Environment

Study: Coal Trains Pollute More Than Diesel Trains Into The Columbia Gorge

Nov. 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.

Portland Joins Other Cities Questioning Coal Trains

Sept. 19, 2012 6:21 a.m.

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.

Energy | Environment

Pass-Through Towns Want A Voice In Coal Exports

June 25, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

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Tsunamis, Demolitions And Dog Poop: Vanessa Renwick Takes It To The Next Level

June 3, 2016 5:33 a.m.

Vanessa Renwick's new video installation, "Next-Level F---ed Up," mashes up the absurd and the awful, but ends upbeat.


This Freshly Diverse 'Seven' Ups The Firepower

Sept. 23, 2016 8:43 p.m.

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of a movie that's already a remake that's updated in both casting and body count.


Classic Dose: Larry Heard

Sept. 16, 2016 2:41 p.m.

The man behind Kanye West's "Fade" changed the course of American dance music 30 years ago with a handful of singles. Andy Beta speaks to the house legend about his unexpected renaissance.

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