State and county regulators announced Wednesday they will conduct a sweeping environmental study of the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal dock west of Longview. It will include the effects of train traffic from inland mines and greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants in Asia.
The decision is a victory for opponents of the $643 [...]
From the Washington Post:
Despite the fact that woefully little attention has been paid to the deal by mainstream news outlets, liberals, unions and tea party groups — which dubbed fast-track “Obamatrade” — have created a groundswell of grassroots opposition to the TPP that seems to have been heard by enough lawmakers in Washington [...]
Excerpts from the Globe and Mail:
Is there a strong relationship between sea ice loss and increased ship activity? Findings from the U of Ottawa study reveal that some relationship between sea ice reductions and shipping volume increases do exist, but the linkage was not as strong as might be expected. This suggests that other [...]
From the Chicago Tribune:
As Arctic ice melts away, opening the way for greater oil development and mining, the White House outlined a plan on Thursday to promote safety and security in the region by building ports, improving forecasts of sea ice, and developing shipping rules.
The White House plan was released on the same [...]
Only 71 ships crossed the Northern Sea Route last year, compared to the 18,000 handled by the Suez Canal, but about a 1,000 vessels travelled into the high Arctic, with much of the growth coming from oil and gas activity, particularly in Russia. Click on the image to see the full-sized version.
Maritime nations [...]
A ruling on Friday from the Clark County Superior Court will allow the proposed oil export terminal at the Port of Vancouver to move forward in its environmental review process.
Judge David E. Gregerson today ruled that the port did not violate the state’s Environmental Policy Act when it approved a 42-acre lease for the [...]
Excerpts from an opinion piece by Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa:
The Teamsters, other unions and fair trade advocates have for years criticized a proposed Pacific Rim trade deal for its lack of transparency. Now trade officials with the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are paying the price for not having an [...]
The state agency reviewing a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver piled up more than 31,000 comments before Wednesday’s deadline passed.
The controversial oil-by-rail facility, proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, has taken on a higher profile than any project recently reviewed by the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. … The plan [...]
Alaska’s location has made it prominent in discussions about the development of Arctic shipping.
Tschudi Shipping is to explore the possibility of establishing a transshipment port in western Alaska, Lt Governor Mead Treadwell said.
Tschudi wants to establish a location to serve as an intermediate or transshipment site for goods and commodities shipped to [...]
As a shrinking northern ice cap sets the stage for increased competition over natural resources, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday released the Pentagon’s first “Arctic Strategy,” intended to safeguard American security interests and the region’s environment.
The Pentagon’s Arctic strategy places a priority on preparations to detect, deter, prevent and defeat threats to the [...]
There are several places in the Northwest considering taking oil arriving by rail from North Dakota to be transported onto ships. Meanwhile, there’s talk in Congress about weakening rules against exporting American oil. Graphic by The Columbian.
Two oil-by-train terminals proposed for the Port of Grays Harbor on the Washington coast were dealt a set [...]
From Global Research:
An American company Renco sued Peru for $800 million because its contract was not extended after the company’s operations caused massive environmental and health damage. This 200 photo shows children playing near the toxic site in play masks.
The investor-state dispute system, whereby foreign investors can sue the host-country government in an [...]
Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner calling for the end of tar sands development on one of Kinder Morgan’s storage tanks last week. Photograph by: Mike Wakefield, North Shore News
Douglas Ross, of Simon Fraser’s political science department, said the ease with which Greenpeace activists occupied the oil terminal last Wednesday illustrates the vulnerability of [...]
Crews working the water and shorelines have collected about 25,000 dead fish and other animals from surrounding waters since the spill was discovered Sept. 9, officials said.
The chief executive of the transit company responsible for spilling 1,400 tons of molasses in Hawaii waters says the company will fully pay for cleanup and other costs [...]
A fully-loaded tanker carrying diesel fuel struck an ice floe and started taking on water last week while traveling the Northern Sea Route.
The 453-foot Russian-flagged tanker Nordvik is rated to travel in non-Arctic seas in thin ice, but collided with an ice floe in Matisen Straight, causing a hole that resulted in water ingress. [...]