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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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Union Pacific looks to Mexico as US coal demand falls: officials

Union Pacific said it is working with Mexican railroad Ferromex on possibly moving coal through the Port of Guaymas, about 240 miles from the US border.

As domestic US coal volumes continue to shrink, Union Pacific executives said they are closely watching terminal developments in Longview, Washington, and even exploring the potential of exporting coal […]

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Morrow County Grills Candidates On Coal Future at East Oregon Port

Candidates for Morrow County commissioner, state Senate District 29 and county surveyor met with community members Thursday evening at the Port of Morrow to talk jobs, natural resources, coal and budget issues facing the region.

Candidates faced questions submitted by community members prior to the forum, including their position on the Morrow Pacific project. The […]

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Northwest coal export projects could have 'significant' public health impacts, EPA says

The Environmental Protection Agency wants a thorough review of the consequences of coal export through Northwest ports, saying the first project in the pipeline — at Oregon’s Port of Morrow — “has the potential to significantly impact human health and the environment.”

It’s not a full victory for environmentalists and tribes near the Columbia […]

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Ambre Energy responds to article in The Australian

Ambre Energy has issued the following statement in response to an article in The Australian.

Ambre Energy strongly refutes any suggestion it is at risk of ‘financial collapse’. The company’s financial results for the 2011 financial year were expected and budgeted and entirely indicative of a company which is acquiring and developing a number of […]

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Rising Chinese demand could mean coal export boom for West Coast

In a mere four years, China’s booming economy has transformed the nation from net exporter of coal into a monster importer that can support multiple coal terminals proposed in the Pacific Northwest, industry analysts say.

Last year, China imported 182 million metric tons of coal, surpassing Japan as the world’s largest coal importer. That amount […]

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Massive rail expansion in works to accommodate coal project in Longview

Local government planners are developing a $200 million rail expansion plan to accommodate thousands of unit trains expected annually to go the proposed Millennium coal terminal west of Longview.

The Council of Governments is spending $4 million in state and federal grant money to develop the full plan, expected to be completed in 2014. The […]

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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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Millennium buys more riverfront land; Port of Longview says move may hinder its growth

Millennium Bulk Terminals announced Friday the purchase of 20 acres of Columbia River shoreline property in West Longview. The acquisition will help the company develop wetlands and environmentally sensitive land as it seeks to build a coal terminal nearby. But Port of Longview officials say it could hamper the port’s development of a Barlow Point […]

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Australian company buys stake in coal mines

An Australian company says it is buying an interest in coal mines in Montana and Wyoming as interest increases in shipping the product overseas to feed growing energy demands in Asia.

Ambre Energy Limited announced on Thursday it was buying a 50 percent interest in the Decker Coal Company in southern Montana and the Black […]

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Anti-coal campaign coming to Spokane

The Sierra Club is bringing its anti-coal campaign to Spokane Thursday, urging local residents to oppose terminals at Washington seaports that would ship coal to Asia.

Coal producers are seeking permits to build terminals near Bellingham and Longview to ship up to 130 million tons of coal mined in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin to China, […]

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Letter provokes fresh controversy over Reynolds site cleanup

A Longview City Councilman is calling out his council peers for sending a letter to the governor asking the state to place a high priority on cleaning up the polluted Reynolds Metals site, saying the letter was motivated by a desire to block a proposed coal export terminal.

Councilman Chuck Wallace questioned why the letter […]

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Groups sue Millennium over alleged Clean Water Act violations

Vancouver and Longview citizens groups announced Tuesday they will sue the owner of a proposed coal dock in West Longview, contending that Millennium Bulk Terminals is violating the federal Clean Water Act by handling coal without a permit.

An attorney representing the two groups said he will file a federal suit within 60 days to […]

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Alcoa plan for Reynolds cleanup completion coming next year

Alcoa Inc. will submit a clean-up plan for soil and groundwater contamination at the former Reynolds aluminum smelter site in West Longview early next year, the company announced.

Alcoa is leasing the building and equipment on the site to Millennium Bulk Terminals, which is seeking to build a coal export terminal. Millennium, which bought in […]

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