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Sierra Club would block Port of Stockton rail expansion

The Sierra Club wants to stop the Port of Stockton’s planned $7.4 million rail project, one that would double the port’s rail freight capacity, until the agency conducts a full environmental review of its potential impacts.

The group filed a lawsuit in San Joaquin County Superior Court requesting the project be stopped.

Port commissioners awarded [...]

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Fast Track Passes. TPP Now Nearly Certain to Pass Too.

From Mother Jones:

Well, it looks like the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is in business. The standalone fast-track bill just passed the Senate by a hair, 60-37. Several Republicans defected and voted no even though they had voted yes the first time around, but only one Democrat defected. So now it goes to President Obama’s desk, [...]

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Senators from OR, WA, CA vote to advance damaging trade deal

Disappointing news from DC: In an article titled ”Fast-Track Clears Senate Hurdle In Vote,” AlterNet calls out the Democrats who helped the damaging trade deal TPP advance to the next level.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is among the West Coast Democrats who cast a bad trade vote against the interests of working families.

The Senate [...]

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Arctic drilling protesters detained as Shell rig leaves Port of Seattle

The U.S. Coast Guard temporarily detained two dozen protesters who formed a blockade with kayaks and other vessels Monday to try to stop Royal Dutch Shell’s drill rig as it left Seattle on its way to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

The protesters were scooped up from the water because they were violating [...]

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TPP defeat: Why labor movement’s war against fast track may not be over

Excerpts from The [...]

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Oil refinery proposed for Longview revived

A proposed crude oil and biofuel refinery at Washington’s Port of Longview is again being considered by the port.

Port of Longview officials reported Tuesday, May 26, that port staff is reconsidering the project after declaring it dormant the prior month. The project was first proposed to the port in mid-2014.

If built, the facility [...]

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King County denies waste disposal permit for Shell’s Seattle home port

The King County industrial-waste program on Wednesday denied a permit for discharge of waste water into the county’s regional sewer system from Shell Oil’s Arctic home port fleet based at Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle.

City, state and county officials have now extended an unwelcome mat to the oil giant, but Shell shows [...]

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Arch Coal no longer meets NYSE’s minimum share price requirement

The New York Stock Exchange has notified Arch Coal that it no longer meets the stock exchange’s minimum price requirement, the coal company said Friday.

The NYSE requires listed common stock to average at least $1 per share for any period of 30 consecutive trading days; if not, the stock is at risk of being [...]

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Obama takes unexpected setback on trade agenda as Fast Track passes Senate

From the Huffington Post:

President Barack Obama’s trade agenda suffered a setback Friday evening during a series of last-minute maneuvers in the Senate. While the upper chamber eventually passed a bill that would help Obama streamline a trade pact with 11 Pacific nations, the final product threw a wrench into the president’s plans.

The Senate [...]

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Obama’s Trade Deal In One Short Speech

From Huffington Post:

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took to the Senate floor Friday evening to make a point-by-point analysis of why a trade deal being negotiated by President Barack Obama would harm the United States.

While Obama has said that the deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is “the most progressive framework for trade” the United [...]

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SSA Marine: We need more time to respond to Lummi concerns about coal terminal

A coal train heads north through the site of the former Georgia-Pacific mill on the Bellingham waterfront. File photo from the Bellingham Herald.

The company that would build a coal terminal at Cherry Point told a federal agency it needs more time to respond to a tribe’s request to shut down the project.

Seattle-based SSA [...]

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Recall petition: 'Malfeasance and violation of the oath of office' at the Port of Vancouver

In a May 20 article titled ‘Petitions filed to recall Vancouver port commissioners Oliver, Wolfe,’ the Columbian’s Aaron Corvin follows an excellent investigative series that includes the following excerpts:

In recall documents filed Tuesday, Vancouver resident Christopher Clifford accuses Port of Vancouver commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe of malfeasance, misfeasance and violation of the [...]

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Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip

Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead met Monday with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

Many in the [...]

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Despite protests, some workers thrilled by Shell oil rig in Seattle

Excerpts from KOMO News:

Shell’s giant oil rig parked at the Port of Seattle has outraged plenty of people, but at least one group is very glad the rig pulled in.

“It’s huge for the local economy,” said Gail McCormick with the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific. The entire local Shell project will employ an [...]

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Analyst: Vancouver oil terminal has less than 50% chance of approval

It’s anybody’s guess as to whether Vancouver will become home to the nation’s largest rail-to-marine oil-transfer terminal.

But an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, a global banking company, thinks the project proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies at the Port of Vancouver has less than a 50 percent of being approved.

The May 8 [...]

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