Environmentalists and others are opposing an effort to designate more land for industrial purposes at Port Westward, even though plans for a coal terminal there have died.
About 50 people attended the hearing, the second the commission has held on a Port of St. Helens proposal to expand its Port Westward Industrial Park by 957 [...]
From the Oregonian:
Terminal developer Kinder Morgan will not go forward with a proposal to export coal to Asia from the Port Westward industrial park on the Columbia River, a company spokesman said this morning.
Kinder Morgan’s Allen Fore attributed the decision not to seek permits for a coal export terminal to site logistics at [...]
A 140-page report summarizing the nearly 125,000 public comments concerning the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) at Cherry Point was released April 1, and is available online at eisgatewaypacificwa.gov.
Over a 120-day commenting period, an average of more than 1,000 comments were submitted per day. In [...]
Reported by Platts:
A second proposed coal export terminal in the Northwest was scrapped last week, but it is not seen as a reflection on the ability of the four remaining terminals to proceed.
“We’re not seeing a trend. The two projects not moving forward were the two most speculative,” Lauri Hennessey, a spokeswoman for [...]
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 [...]
Job creation and environmental concerns moved to center stage in the coal train debate that took place before the Eugene City Council on Monday evening.
Councilors were the intended audience because the elected body in two weeks will vote on a resolution opposing the potential shipment of coal through Eugene to a yet-to-be developed export [...]
For those who want to weigh in on the Gateway Pacific Terminal project, the official comment period for a key point in the process start[ed] Monday, Sept. 24.
Three governmental agencies – Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – will jointly produce the EIS. To do that, [...]
A spokesman for the company behind the proposed coal-shipping terminal at Cherry Point says they’re surprised that the Lummi Nation came out in opposition to the project.
Bob Watters with SSA Marine the company has been working with the Lummi Nation, and has assured that they would respect the tribe’s way of life as they [...]
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 [...]
The following opinion piece was written by John Mohlis, executive secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council; Robert Westerman from IBEW Local Union 932; Herb Krohn, Washington state legislative director of the United Transportation Union; and Mike Elliott, chairman of the Washington state legislative board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and [...]
Canadian National Railway plans to buy more than 2,200 railcars and 1,300 new containers this year to support growing bulk materials and intermodal traffic.
The order comes after the largest Canadian railroad saw a 4 percent year-over-year rise in volume in the second quarter, which included a 13 percent jump in intermodal volume. The largest [...]
Rep. Peter DeFazio says he has few qualms about shipping coal to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay.
The Springfield Democrat tells The World newspaper that trying to block plans to ship coal to Asia won’t stop countries like South Korea from burning coal to produce electricity.
He adds that free trade agreements make [...]
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 [...]
Two Longview City Council members say their recent trip to a Wyoming coal mine operated by Millennium Bulk Terminals’ parent company has renewed their desire for a comprehensive study of multiple coal export terminals proposed in the Pacific Northwest.
Last month, Tom Hutchinson and Mary Jane Melink toured the Black Thunder coal mine, which is [...]
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 [...]