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Washington state finishes study of proposed port for Montana and Wyoming coal

From the Billings Gazette:

A proposed Washington state port would increase greenhouse gas emissions, but coal dust from trains traveling from Montana and Wyoming mines would not harm human health, regulators said in a report released Friday.

Those were among the findings in the final environmental impact study released by the Washington State Department of […]

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Trump promised to bring back coal jobs. That promise ‘will not be kept,’ experts say.

From the Chicago Tribune:

President Donald Trump lifted a moratorium on federal coal leases Tuesday, paving the way for excavation of a fossil fuel on public land in the West that few mining companies seem to want.

The order follows the president’s campaign promise to revive the struggling coal industry and bring back thousands of […]

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Developers withdraw coal terminal applications, ending Gateway Pacific project at Cherry Point

From the Bellingham Herald:

Developers of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point have withdrawn its permit applications, essentially closing the book on the project.

Pacific International Terminals sent a letter Tuesday to Whatcom County officials announcing it was stopping the environmental impact statement process and is withdrawing its applications for the Gateway Pacific […]

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Washington to reject coal export terminal near Longview

The state of Washington may have killed a controversial plan to build a coal export terminal on the Columbia River west of Longview.

Outgoing Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark said Tuesday he will reject a request by Millennium Bulk Terminals to sublease state-owned land that once housed an aluminum smelter.

More at the Oregonian

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Bulk terminal operator sues City of Oakland over coal ban

From American Shipper:

Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal (OBOT) has sued the City of Oakland in federal court after facing strong opposition from environmentalists and others who oppose coal exports through the new bulk handling terminal OBOT wants to build.

OBOT accused the Oakland City Council of an “unconstitutional abuse of its power.”

OBOT is […]

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Port of Morrow on Columbia River agrees to withdraw Coyote Island Terminal application

From the East Oregonian:

After five years of planning and legal battles, a proposed coal dock at the Port of Morrow in Boardman has been dumped.

The Coyote Island Terminal, part of the controversial Morrow Pacific Project, would have shipped 8 million tons of coal per year down the Columbia River for export to Asia. […]

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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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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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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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Permit denied for Gateway Pacific coal terminal in Washington State

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday denied the permit for the Gateway Pacific terminal in Washington state. Domestic coal markets continue to falter, coal companies operating here are going bankrupt, and Gateway Pacific was the single largest hope coal producers in the basin had for selling coal overseas.

More at MTPR

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Arch Coal paid execs $8M in bonuses on eve of bankruptcy

Hufbauer called the $8.12 million payout to executives on the eve of bankruptcy ‘really suspicious.’

Arch Coal Inc. paid its top executives more than $8 million in bonuses the business day before the company filed for bankruptcy in January, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri filings published last week.

Securities […]

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Utah lawmakers pass bill to subsidize coal exports through Port of Oakland

A Utah proposal to invest more than $50 million in taxpayer funds for a coal shipping facility at the Port of Oakland cleared that state’s Legislature on Thursday and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

Terminal Logistics Solutions wants to build a $250 million bulk commodities terminal at the former Oakland Army Base […]

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Port of Stockton registers record year for ship arrivals

The Port of Stockton specializes in bulk shipping. The Central Valley Business Journal reports that there were 245 ship arrivals at the port last year, compared with just 100 during the recession in 2009.

For the second year in a row, the Port of Stockton set a record for ship arrivals in 2015. Overall, […]

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Changes afoot for U.S. coal industry

With the U.S. coal sector showing signs of weakness, the Interior Department is pausing new coal leases and launching a review of the federal coal program.

In his final State of the Union address earlier this week, President Barack Obamasaid the nation’s energy policy priorities should focus on a transition away from “old, dirtier energy […]

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Arch Coal, partner in proposed Longview coal export terminal, files for bankruptcy

Arch Coal, the nation’s second-largest coal producer, and a partner in the proposed Millennium Bulk coal-export terminal in Longview, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. Its filing means producers of 25 percent of America’s coal are now in bankruptcy.

The company blamed a steep drop in coal prices, increased federal pollution requirements and falling demand […]

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