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Oregon says coal export project will need to lease more land

Developers of the Morrow Pacific coal export project on the Columbia River already have land leases with the Port of St. Helens and the Port of Morrow.

But according to the Oregon Department of State Lands, they’re going to need a couple more.

In a recent letter, DSL operations manager Lori Warner-Dickason told project developers [...]


Impact of Panama Canal delays on LNG and coal

From Energy Global:

Research firm Wood Mackenzie expects lengthy delays to the anticipated Panama Canal expansion to impact the coal, liquefied natural gas and petrochemical industries.

Significant disruptions will limit profitability for US LNG producers, create a tighter shipping market and affect the US Gulf Coast petrochemical industry. On the other hand, US coal producers [...]


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 [...]


SSA Marine: Change in part-ownership won’t affect coal port plan

Bob Watters, SSA Marine senior vice president, says the recent change in the company’s ownership structure won’t affect SSA’s plan to push ahead with the Gateway Pacific Terminal coal export project at Whatcom County’s Cherry Point.

Watters was elaborating on this Jan. 7 press release, which announces that a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs has sold [...]


Port of Vancouver oil terminal plan gets 31,000 comments

The state agency reviewing a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver piled up more than 31,000 comments before Wednesday’s deadline passed.

The controversial oil-by-rail facility, proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, has taken on a higher profile than any project recently reviewed by the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. … The plan [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Appellate court holds Peabody Energy liable for some Patriot retiree benefits

”This is a bright ray of good news in what has been a long, dreary period for the retirees, their dependents and widows who have been desperately worried about what’s going to happen to their health care,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said in a news release. ”Peabody has spent years trying to [...]


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 [...]


Politics, environmental worries threaten new coal ports in the Northwest

Growing environmental objections to exporting coal from Washington state and Oregon have begun to endanger the coal industry’s hope to restore its flagging fortunes by shipping much more of the embattled fossil fuel to China and India.

Port officials recently dropped plans for a terminal in Coos Bay, Ore., just days after the governors of [...]


Planning Commission opposes Port Westward expansion on Columbia River

Columbia County Planning Commissioners don’t want more land available for industry at Port Westward.

In a 5-1 vote, commissioners opposed the Port of St. Helens’ request to expand Port Westward by 957 acres to “facilitate and attract larger-scale industrial uses and related businesses.” The Columbia County Board of Commissioners will make its final decision in [...]


Miners union appeals ruling in Patriot bankruptcy case

Patriot declared bankruptcy last year, and is now trying rid itself of one of its most important responsibilities: ensuring that the company’s retirees have are provided with pensions and healthcare. Patriot was created five years ago as a new company, spun off from coal giant Peabody.

BizJournal reported that the United Mine Workers of [...]


Conservation groups fighting effort to expand Port Westward

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 [...]