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Lummi Chairman: We will fight coal terminal ‘by all means necessary’

From the Indian Country Today Media Network:

As an indigenous nation with a government-to government relationship with the United States, the Lummi Nation’s opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal carries some weight. And supporters are stepping up their efforts on behalf of the project as the Army Corps of Engineers readies its decision on whether [...]

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Crow Tribe signs partnership in Washington coal port development

The Crow Tribe has struck a partnership with SSA Marine to develop a Puget Sound coal terminal in Washington state considered crucial to exporting Indian coal.

Cloud Peak Energy, which owns the Spring Creek Mine a few miles from Crow Reservation, is a 49 percent shareholder in the Gateway Pacific Terminal. The mining company is [...]

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Arch Coal’s future Gets Darker

In an article titled ‘Arch Coal’s future gets darker,’ the Wall Street Journal reports:

The combined value of Arch and rivals Peabody Energy Corp. and Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is barely $400 million. Other miners have filed for bankruptcy protection, a fate likely to befall some more.

Big Coal is at once a faint shadow [...]

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Outrage over coal shipping engulfs $500 million Oakland army base project

The possibility of coal shipments through a new $500 million shipping and logistics center in West Oakland is turning environmentalists against one of the city’s biggest real estate projects.

Shipping center operator Terminal Logistic Solutions has been in talks with four counties in Utah, which approved a $53 million investment in April to move materials [...]

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Columbia River deepening sparks $1 billion in investments

Despite criticism from environmentalists, the $200 million Columbia River channel deepening project generated over $1 billion in capital investments since its completion five years ago, port officials and terminal operators say.

In a new report released by Port of Portland and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, consultants studied the economic impact of the project that deepened [...]

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Arch Coal no longer meets NYSE’s minimum share price requirement

The New York Stock Exchange has notified Arch Coal that it no longer meets the stock exchange’s minimum price requirement, the coal company said Friday.

The NYSE requires listed common stock to average at least $1 per share for any period of 30 consecutive trading days; if not, the stock is at risk of being [...]

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SSA Marine: We need more time to respond to Lummi concerns about coal terminal

A coal train heads north through the site of the former Georgia-Pacific mill on the Bellingham waterfront. File photo from the Bellingham Herald.

The company that would build a coal terminal at Cherry Point told a federal agency it needs more time to respond to a tribe’s request to shut down the project.

Seattle-based SSA [...]

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Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip

Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead met Monday with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

Many in the [...]

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3 port workers die in coal ship near Antwerp, Belgium

Our condolences go out to the families, friends and co-workers of the deceased.

Three port workers were involved in a fatal accident in Waaslandhaven, close to the port of Antwerp. The accident happened at the transport company Euroports in Kallo (East Flanders), Burgomaster Marc Van de Vijver (CD&V) confirmed.

“We heard that the 3 victims [...]

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Pro-coal Montana tribe weighs in on Cherry Point terminal

Lummi Nation, which has fished the waters off Cherry Point for centuries, and Crow Nation, a tribe in Montana sitting on billions of tons of coal, have taken opposite stances on a proposed coal terminal on the Lummis’ historic fishing grounds.

Crow Chairman Darrin Old Coyote wrote the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Jan. [...]

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Cherry Point standoff continues

The Lummi Nation is in a stand-off with SSA Marine over the plans to build a coal terminal at Cherry Point, adjacent to Lummi’s fishing grounds.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undergoing multiple evaluation processes to determine if a permit should be granted to begin construction of the Gateway Pacific Terminal.

After the [...]

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Transportation commissioner fired by Kitzhaber for coal opposition, fires back at coal supporters

Catherine Mater’s appearance at an Oregon Transportation Commission meeting Thursday in Salem capped a swift turnabout for the Corvallis civil engineer, who was fired this week by Gov. John Kitzhaber after casting a tie-breaking vote last August dooming a $2 million grant that would’ve benefited Ambre Energy, the company proposing to annually export 8.8 million [...]

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Columbia River coal decision is at least a year away

The Morrow Pacific coal export proposal is effectively on hold until next year.

The Oregon Department of State Lands denied a key permit needed to construct a terminal at the Coyote Island terminal at Boardman’s Port of Morrow back in August.

The decision was a blow to the $242 million project. But backers, including the [...]

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Report: U.S. has too much coal export capacity

The United States used only 34 percent of its total coal export capacity and does not need additional terminals, according to a new report that casts doubt on plans to develop new ports on the Columbia River.

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a Cleveland-based nonprofit, released a report recently by Tom Sanzillo [...]

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Ambre sells interests in N.W. coal projects

Coal prices spiked in 2011, driven by massive demand from China. But as China invested billions to move domestic coal around the country more efficiently, coal prices began dropping and projects were abandoned.

Slumping coal markets have caught up with the Australian company proposing two export terminals in Oregon and Washington.

Ambre Energy is getting [...]

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