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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Port of Vancouver USA admits it violated meetings law

From The Columbian:

The Port of Vancouver is taking the unusual step of asking for a ruling against itself in a lawsuit challenging its past interpretation of the Washington Open Public Meetings Act.

In a motion for summary judgment filed Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court, port attorneys wrote, “The Port acknowledges that Riverkeeper is […]

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Washington State Supreme Court sides with Port of Vancouver in oil terminal suit

Environmental groups Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center argued the Port of Vancouver commissioners violated state environmental laws when it agreed to lease land to Savage Cos. and Tesoro Corp., now collaborating as Vancouver Energy, without the project first undergoing the analysis for an environmental impact statement.

The court’s majority, also ruled that the […]

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Port of Kalama says methanol mitigation plan won’t impede future projects

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Is the Port of Kalama giving up too much land for the Northwest Innovations methanol project? Will a 90-acre conservation set-aside undercut future development?

Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir on Monday approved two shoreline permits that would require the port to conserve 90 to 95 acres of land to […]

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Vancouver oil terminal faces more controversy following export legalization

From Maritime Executive:

The Port of Vancouver, Washington is no stranger to controversy over its proposed oil terminal. But the intensity of opposition has increased sharply since a recent repeal of the federal ban on crude exports. Activists suggest that the terminal’s rail shipments are too risky, and that the repeal will mean even more […]

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Judge rules in favor of Vancouver Port on oil terminal lease; Riverkeeper says trial remains

Clark County Judge David Gregerson ruled Friday that port leaders in Vancouver, Washington didn’t violate state laws in 2013 when they negotiated a lease for an oil terminal.

The lease between Tesoro-Savage companies and the port remains in place. If built, the terminal project could ship 360,000 barrels of oil daily from the port to […]

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Recall petition: 'Malfeasance and violation of the oath of office' at the Port of Vancouver

In a May 20 article titled ‘Petitions filed to recall Vancouver port commissioners Oliver, Wolfe,’ the Columbian’s Aaron Corvin follows an excellent investigative series that includes the following excerpts:

In recall documents filed Tuesday, Vancouver resident Christopher Clifford accuses Port of Vancouver commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe of malfeasance, misfeasance and violation of the […]

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Groups' suit makes new claims against Vancouver port

Excerpts from The Columbian:

Opponents of oil by rail point to disasters like the explosion of several rail cars carrying crude oil in Lac Megantic, Quebec, in 2013. Forty-two people were confirmed dead, and five were missing and presumed dead.

Three environmental groups that accuse the Port of Vancouver of violating Washington’s open public meetings […]

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Court deals Port of St. Helens its second blow in a week

The Port of St. Helens has suffered a second blow in its efforts to expand a marine facility to accommodate oil and coal exports.

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals upheld an environmental challenge to its plans to add more than 800 acres to its Port Westward property in Clatskanie on the lower Columbia […]

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Tesoro-Savage says it wants Teamsters instead of ILWU at proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, WA

In an article titled ‘Mistrust, disagreement over oil terminal plan aired at meeting,’ The Columbian reports:

In July, 46 people were killed and a town destroyed when an oil train exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. Several accidents have happened since then in North Dakota, Alabama and Virginia.

Mistrust and disagreement on the risks and benefits […]

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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 […]

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Judge sides with port in environmental policy suit

A ruling on Friday from the Clark County Superior Court will allow the proposed oil export terminal at the Port of Vancouver to move forward in its environmental review process.

Judge David E. Gregerson today ruled that the port did not violate the state’s Environmental Policy Act when it approved a 42-acre lease for the […]

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Northwest rail lines provide routes for coal shipments to Asia

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 […]

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Private negotiations, hurried vote on coal exports from Oregon’s Port of St. Helens sidestepped public process, critics say

When news first leaked last year that the Port of St. Helens might be working on deals to export coal, Gov. John Kitzhaber called for “an open, vigorous public debate” before any projects moved forward.

But the port’s first major step on coal didn’t follow that blueprint. By the time the port went public in […]

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Alcoa forming public advisory board as part of Reynolds site cleanup

The owner of Longview’s former Reynolds Metals Co. aluminum making site is assembling an advisory board of community leaders to stay abreast of the company’s efforts to clean up industrial contamination.

Alcoa owns the land at the 416-acre site and leases the buildings to Millennium Bulk Terminals, which plans to build a coal export terminal […]

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Companies sizing up Oregon ports for coal exports

The Port of Morrow on the Columbia River in Oregon is one of several ports — including St. Helens in Oregon and Longview in Washington — that are in play for exporting coal to Asia.

Coal companies, including a parent of the company proposing to build a terminal in Longview, are investigating the possibility […]

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