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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.

No doubt about it: Oil-by-rail is threat

The Olympian published the following opinion piece by Jared Smith, President of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA:

Jared Smith, ILWU Local 4 President

On this Labor Day, longshoremen look back on a summer that vindicated our opposition to America’s largest proposed oil-by-rail project. After a terrifying oil train derailment in Mosier, weeks of public [...]

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Oakland officials vote to ban coal handling and storage at new shipping terminal

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Oakland City Council voted Monday to ban the handling and storage of coal and coke at the city’s terminals and bulk material facilities. The unanimous vote came after a long, packed city council meeting; advocates and opponents of the ban demonstrated outside. A second, largely procedural, vote is expected [...]

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San Diego cruise ship terminal gets solar energy system as calls expected to rise 50%

The project, with 630 panels, is the fourth solar system at a port facility and is expected to double the output of the other three combined, port officials said.

A $341,000 solar energy system that’s expected to provide 70 percent of the power needed at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal should be operational by [...]

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California State Senate approves bill restricting taxpayer funding for Oakland-style coal projects

For the second time in two days, the California Senate approved a bill by Sen. Loni Hancock to block projects like the one that threatens to make Oakland the largest coal exporter on the West Coast.

Specifically, SB 1279 states that the California Transportation Commission will not allocate state funds for projects proposed after Jan. [...]

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Union Pacific temporarily halting oil trains in Columbia River Gorge after fiery wreck

”A train full of toxic crude oil derailing, burning, and exploding near homes, schools, and businesses is a worst fear realized for people who live in Mosier and in other communities along the tracks throughout the Gorge,” several lawmakers said in a joint statement. ”They deserve to know that the causes of this derailment [...]

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Obama Administration approves resumption of offshore fracking in California

Fracking in protected areas near Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Claiming that fracking poses “no significant impact” to the environment, Obama administration officials on May 27 finalized their plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and acidizing in California’s Santa Barbara Channel.

The announcement from the two agencies responsible for [...]

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Arch Coal sells stake in Washington terminal in another blow to coal exports

Arch Coal announced the sale of its stake in the Millennium Bulk Terminal, ending the bankrupt mining giant’s involvement in an export facility once viewed as the future of the American coal industry.

Lighthouse Resources Inc., a co-developer in the terminal, will acquire Arch’s 38 percent stake in the Longview, Wash., development and assume sole [...]

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Long Beach wins lawsuit over $500 million rail yard plan for Port of Los Angeles

From the Press-Telegram:

A judge’s ruling in favor of Long Beach and other litigants in a pivotal lawsuit challenging a $500 million rail-yard project at the Port of Los Angeles puts the project on an indefinite pause and may give Long Beach officials considerable leverage in negotiating greater environmental protections for any future project design.

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TPP ‘worst trade deal ever,’ says Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz

From CBC News:

Stiglitz said the provision could be used to prevent raising of minimum wages.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership may well be the worst trade agreement ever negotiated, and he recommends Canada insist on reworking it.

“I think what Canada should do is use its influence to begin a [...]

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Port of Tacoma commissioners say they need more answers about proposed methanol plant

From KPLU:

Port of Tacoma commissioners say they have a lot of unanswered questions about a Chinese-backed company’s proposed methanol plant on port property.

Almost two years ago, the commissioners signed a 30-year lease with the company, Northwest Innovation Works, with little public input. But lately there’s been so much public outcry that the company [...]

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Oil companies, Vancouver port at standoff over August deadline

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

Nearly three years ago, the Port of Vancouver signed a lease with companies that want to build the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country. But the project has not gone as planned and may now be running out of time.

The proposal is now slowly working its way through Washington state’s [...]

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Ship’s leaky pipe probably to blame for fuel spill at Port of Los Angeles, Coast Guard says

Officials said a leaking pipe on the starboard side of the 577-foot cargo ship Istra Ace appears to have been the source of the spill. The docked ship was reported to have been leaking heavy fuel in the Cerritos Channel.

An oily fuel slick that appeared at the Port of Los Angeles was probably [...]

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Car carrier Istra Ace spilled oil in Port of Los Angeles

The car carrier Istra Ace spilled oil in Cerritos channel near berth 212 at Port of Los Angeles, USA. The vessel was bunkering oil from the shore, when the oil leak started from open valve. The crew saw the leak and stopped bunkering operation, ballasting to stop the leak, but unfortunately sufficient quantity of oil [...]

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Port of Longview rejects plan for refinery, propane terminal

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

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Port of Longview commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday morning to end talks with an energy company that wants to build the first oil refinery on the West Coast in more than 25 years.

The $1.25 billion proposal from Texas-based Waterside Energy detailed [...]

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Benicia commission rejects crude oil trains

The Benicia city planning commission, voting unanimously, dealt a dramatic setback Thursday to an oil company’s plans to ship crude oil via train through Northern California, including downtown Sacramento, to its local refinery.

After four successive nights of hearings, commissioners rejected Valero Refining Co.’s request to build a rail loading station so it could import [...]

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