An Australian coal company wants to build a coal-export terminal at a private port in Longview, Wash., a move that would allow 5.7 million tons of U.S. coal exports to Asia each year just as environmental activists are trying to shut down coal-fired power plants in Washington and Oregon.
Millennium Bulk Logistics, a subsidiary of Australia’s Ambre Energy, plans to build the first major U.S. export terminal on the West Coast along the banks of the Columbia River.
The company has submitted plans to Cowlitz County to redevelop the 416-acre Chinook Ventures port site to export coal, likely from the Powder River basin in Montana and Wyoming. That’s the same coal Portland General Electric draws on for its coal-fired plant in Boardman, which the company has proposed closing in 2020 to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Peabody Energy, the largest coal producer in the United States, has said it also wants to announce a West Coast port space by year’s end.