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Is Sending Wyoming Coal to China Smart Economics?

Some observers are warning that as Beijing clings to more coal to construct its new economy, America may become a key provider of the fuel source—at its own economic peril.

“Given U.S. coal resources and the absence of a real clean economy policy strategy from Washington, the U.S. could easily wind up simply auctioning off [...]

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Cowlitz County approves permits to export coal to Asia from port in Longview, Wash.

Cowlitz County commissioners unanimously approved permits for a new coal export terminal in Longview, Wash., Tuesday morning.

The 3-0 vote increases chances that the first major coal shipments from the U.S. West Coast will depart from the banks of the Columbia River.

Millennium Bulk Logistics, a subsidiary of Australia’s Ambre Energy, wants to build the [...]

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Coal export facility up for vote Tuesday

Cowlitz County commissioners will vote at 10 a.m. Tuesday on whether to approve a shoreline permit for an Australia-based company to build a coal export facility at the former Reynolds aluminum site.

Millennium Bulk Logistics, a subsidiary of Australian coal giant Ambre Energy, is seeking to export about 5 million tons of coal annually to [...]

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Longview commissioners delay decision on coal export facility

After four hours of testimony Tuesday, Cowlitz County commissioners delayed a decision [until next Tuesday] whether to allow an Australia-based company to build a coal export facility at the former Reynolds Metals site in Longview.

About 30 people, most of them opposed, spoke up about Millenium Bulk Logistics’ proposal to haul coal from Wyoming to [...]

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Australian coal company wants to build coal-export terminal in Longview to ship to Asia

Ambre Energy/Millennium Bulk Terminals hopes to operate a private terminal near the Port of Longview. Read the full article in the Oregonian by clicking on the image.

An Australian coal company wants to build a coal-export terminal at a private port in Longview, Wash., a move that would allow 5.7 million tons of U.S. [...]

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Protest over Longview coal facility expected at commissioners' meeting

Dozens of Cowlitz County residents and environmental groups are expected to protest a proposed coal export facility at the former Reynolds Metals aluminum site during a county commissioners’ hearing at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the county administration building.

Cowlitz County commissioners will decide whether to grant a shoreline permit to Utah-based Millenium Bulk Logistics, which [...]

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'Historic' log ship departs Port of Astoria docks

The Santa Pacifica front-end loader cargo vessel [departed] from the Port of Astoria on Friday, Nov. 5.

It is the first log ship in Astoria in 14 years.

Photos submitted to Longshore and Shipping News by Jeff Smith, President of ILWU Local 8.

From the Daily Astorian

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Long journey to deeper Columbia River ends

On Thursday, leaders in Washington and Oregon politics and business who pushed the project forward put an exclamation on that fact by celebrating it at a Port of Vancouver event that drew more than 200 people.

For the port, the channel-deepening project already has helped attract an export operation that could generate at least 60 [...]

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The Lower Columbia River’s Queen of Commerce

Laura Hicks watches some of the final dredging Longview's Lewis and Clark Bridge. Click on the image to read the article in the Daily News.

Laura Hicks, a Portland-based project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, next month will mark completion of a milestone: the $200 million deepening of the Columbia River [...]

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Dumping Dredge Material On Portland’s Hayden Island In Spotlight Again

The conflict over the west side of Hayden Island could soon come to a head. The next week could mean the start to a controversial dredging project – or a legal challenge to stop it.

The Port of Portland and Army Corps of Engineers only have until the end of October to do the work, [...]

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Lock maintenance to affect NW shipping

While lock maintenance starting Dec. 10 on the Columbia and Snake rivers will force some growers transporting crops to Portland’s port to switch from barges to truck and rail, industry representatives say planning — and a little luck — have combined to make the closures less of a burden.

“The reality is we’ve lost [...]

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Ambre Energy: New Tenant for Alcoa's Longview Site?

[Ambre Energy is reportedly preparing to operate a bulk terminal on Alcoa's 400+ acre site on the Columbia River near the Port of Longview, WA. Chinook Ventures is currently operating a private non-union dock on the site and has made headlines for failing to secure the required operating and environmental permits.]

Chief Financial Officer, Project [...]

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Portland City Council allows planning for marine terminals on West Hayden Island

Portland’s City Council authorized staff Thursday night to plan for building 300 acres of marine terminals on 800-acre West Hayden Island. The hearing on the issue stuffed the council chambers, which had to be partially cleared to comply with the fire code.

The undeveloped land near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers is [...]

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Real sustainability: Jobs must remain focus of Hayden Island-Port of Portland plan

This opinion piece is by Tom Chamberlain, president of the Oregon AFL-CIO, regarding the development of West Hayden Island, directly across from Portland’s container terminal 6.

Tom Chamberlain, Oregon AFL-CIO president, says Portand must respect West Hayden Island's designation as industrial land and support port use as well as preservation.

Sustainability is two-pronged: it [...]

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River-deepening project planned for Port of Longview berths

The Port of Longview is looking to deepen the Columbia River three feet at eight of its berths so ships can unload more cargo, port officials said Tuesday.

The estimated $3 million project would allow the port to take full advantage of the newly deepened Columbia River ship channel, which was completed this summer, Ken [...]

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