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Longview’s Millennium Bulk Terminals permitting update

Dry Bulk Magazine

Back in February 2012, Millennium Bulk Terminals (MBT) submitted its Shorelines permit application for the coal export terminal. The Shorelines permits are needed for the building of the docks and dredging of the berth pocket. After 10 public meetings across the state, MBT is moving into the final stretch of the permitting.

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Company proposes biofuel refinery near — but not at — the Port of Longview

From the Columbian:

A Houston-based group of investors is again looking to develop a biofuel refinery in Cowlitz County, more than a year after their plans for oil, propane and biofuel projects were rejected by the Port of Longview. The refinery will focus on processing biofuel only, dropping earlier plans to process crude oil too. […]

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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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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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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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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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Proposed coal terminal in Longview hits setback Longview coal terminal environmental study to 2016

From an article titled ‘State delays coal terminal environmental study to 2016’ in The Daily News:

A draft environmental study for the $643 million Longview coal terminal that had been due in November has been postponed until 2016, the state Department of Ecology announced Thursday.

A schedule that Gov. Jay Inslee’s office agreed to a […]

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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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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 […]

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ILWU formally backs Millennium coal project ahead of public hearings

Millennium Bulk Terminals officials said Thursday they will hire a stevedoring company and longshore workers at their proposed coal dock west of Longview.

Also on Thursday, officials from Millennium and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union jointly announced the union’s formal support for the proposed terminal, which Millennium estimates will support 135 full-time, family wage […]

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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 […]

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Two Longview City Council members tour Wyoming Millennium coal mine

Two Longview City Council members say their recent trip to a Wyoming coal mine operated by Millennium Bulk Terminals’ parent company has renewed their desire for a comprehensive study of multiple coal export terminals proposed in the Pacific Northwest.

Last month, Tom Hutchinson and Mary Jane Melink toured the Black Thunder coal mine, which is […]

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Port of Longview proceeds with shoreline property expansion

Port of Longview commissioners agreed Friday to buy a small sliver of shoreline property at Barlow Point west of Longview, unlocking the big development potential of 275 acres of industrial property on the Columbia River.

The land, which the port bought from neighboring Millennium Bulk Terminals, is a thin finger running west from the edge […]

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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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How Millennium's plan compares to Port Westward project

Concerns over coal dust have led to recent backlash against the terminals at Port Westward, including demands for further study from Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and a move to by potential neighbor Portland General Electric to block one of the projects.

Kinder Morgan’s terminal is one of two proposed at Port Westward and is very […]

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