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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

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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Portland City Council won’t even consider that massive north Portland propane terminal

ILWU Local 8 victory in opposing Pembina propane export terminal in Portland

[Note: you can help shore up Local 8's victory by voting NO in this online poll ASAP. Thank you! -Editors]

From the Portland Mercury:

Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has pulled a June 10 hearing over zoning changes that would allow a massive [...]

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New international shipping rules to protect Arctic are flawed: experts

Ice floats past a cargo ship and the hamlet of Pond Inlet Sunday August 24, 2014. Photo by The Canadian Press.

The fragile and increasingly ice-free waters of the Arctic are expected to benefit from tougher environmental rules likely to be passed this week when an international body holds a final vote on northern [...]

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Sen. Wyden leads revolt against trade legislation … for now

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a leading Democratic backer of President Obama’s trade agenda, and more than a dozen other pro-trade Senate Democrats voted against a Republican proposal to begin consideration of legislation that would give Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade agreements.

The vote was 52-45, short of the 60 votes needed. After the vote, [...]

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Coalition of U.S. senators say improving labor standards must be key part of trade negotiations

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined a group of senators in urging the United States Trade Representative to include strong labor protections as part of the negotiation over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying that many parts of the proposed agreement currently fall short of acceptable labor standards.

In a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, fourteen [...]

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President Obama dismisses Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement’ warning on TPP

U.S. President Barack Obama pushed back against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for her increasingly vocal attacks against a massive trade deal the president is seeking with 11 Pacific Rim nations. In an interview with columnist Matt Bai published Saturday, Obama accused his party’s most outspoken critic of his global trade policy of “being a [...]

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Portland newspaper declares 'death sentence' for controversial propane terminal

In an article titled ‘Mayor Charlie Hales withdraws support for Pembina propane terminal,’ the Willamette Weekly writes:

Posters have appeared around Portland spoofing Charlie Hales’ campaign materials. Hales ran as an environmentalist and was pushing for massing propane exports that would clog existing rail lines. ILWU Local 8 has been actively opposing the project.

In [...]

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