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Washington state, county order wide environmental review of Millennium coal project

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 [...]

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5 key takeaways about financial struggles at Ambre Energy, company proposing Boardman, Longview coal terminals

From the Oregonian:

Here are five key takeaways from the report, which was filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (akin to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission).

1. Ambre Energy has had trouble raising money. The report says the deal giving Resource Capital more control is the only way for Ambre to keep [...]

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Coal export investor pushes for control of Ambre Energy, its Boardman and Longview proposals

A major investor is positioning itself to take control of the Australian company trying to build coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington.

A Denver-based private equity firm, Resource Capital Funds, could eventually own as much as 55 percent of Ambre Energy, according to the terms of a deal Ambre shareholders will be asked to [...]

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Tidewater eyes coal barge contract for Wyoming, Montana coal

A company that plans to ship Powder River Basin coal down the Columbia River has signed a letter of intent with Tidewater Barge Lines of Vancouver, Wash., for transportation service.

Tidewater would operate the tugs and barges needed to move the coal 218 miles from the Port of Morrow at Boardman, Ore., to a terminal [...]

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Cloud Peak and Ambre Energy talks collapse

Montana Energy Review reported that Cloud Peak Energy, Inc and Ambre Energy, Ltd announced that negotiations over the purchase of the Decker mine facility in Montana have been indefinitely postponed. While the 2 companies will continue discussions, the deal is not expected to move forward in the foreseeable future.

Currently, Ambre, an Australia based mining [...]

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Big Crowds Predicted For Coal Export Hearings In Oregon

Excerpts from Northwest Public Radio:

Crowds are predicted Tuesday in Portland and Hermiston, Ore. for the latest round of hearings on one of the Northwest’s proposed coal export projects, the Morrow Pacific Project.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is holding two meetings from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 9:

Hermiston: Blue Mountain [...]

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Ambre Energy requests delay for Port of Morrow coal dock permit

Ambre Energy is asking an Oregon agency for a five-month delay to decide whether the company can start building a coal export facility on the lower Columbia River. Company officials say they’re still on track to start operating at the end of 2014.

In a letter dated Wednesday, Ambre General Counsel John Thomas asked the [...]

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Army Corps decision could speed Morrow Pacific coal project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Portland division said it will only conduct an environmental assessment of Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific coal export terminal proposed near Boardman and not the more exhaustive environmental impact statement.

The news is something of a victory for the Australian coal company. The EIS process threatened to add years to [...]

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Army Corps decision could delay coal terminal

Australian coal giant Ambre Energy hopes to open a $250 million Columbia River coal export terminal by late next year.

That won’t likely happen if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decides to require an environmental impact statement. The exhaustive regulatory procedure could delay Ambre’s aspirations by several years.

The pending ruling — which the [...]

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Northwest rail lines provide routes for coal shipments to Asia

Northwest rail routes by Columbian newspaper

1. CHERRY POINT: The Gateway Pacific Terminal could accommodate 54 million import/export tons of bulk commodities per year, largely coal exports. Status: Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are preparing a joint environmental impact statement. Pros: Backers say it would [...]

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Private negotiations, hurried vote on coal exports from Oregon’s Port of St. Helens sidestepped public process, critics say

When news first leaked last year that the Port of St. Helens might be working on deals to export coal, Gov. John Kitzhaber called for “an open, vigorous public debate” before any projects moved forward.

But the port’s first major step on coal didn’t follow that blueprint. By the time the port went public in [...]

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Coal export company promises $400M in economic impact

Plans for a coal export facility would use barges to bring coal up the Columbia River and promise $400 million in economic impact.

[The Ambre project] would bring another $300 million in economic activity once it begins operating at full capacity, delivering 8.8 million tons of coal per year from the Powder River Basin in [...]

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How Millennium's plan compares to Port Westward project

Concerns over coal dust have led to recent backlash against the terminals at Port Westward, including demands for further study from Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and a move to by potential neighbor Portland General Electric to block one of the projects.

Kinder Morgan’s terminal is one of two proposed at Port Westward and is very [...]

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Union Pacific looks to Mexico as US coal demand falls: officials

Union Pacific said it is working with Mexican railroad Ferromex on possibly moving coal through the Port of Guaymas, about 240 miles from the US border.

As domestic US coal volumes continue to shrink, Union Pacific executives said they are closely watching terminal developments in Longview, Washington, and even exploring the potential of exporting coal [...]

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Morrow County Grills Candidates On Coal Future at East Oregon Port

Candidates for Morrow County commissioner, state Senate District 29 and county surveyor met with community members Thursday evening at the Port of Morrow to talk jobs, natural resources, coal and budget issues facing the region.

Candidates faced questions submitted by community members prior to the forum, including their position on the Morrow Pacific project. The [...]

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