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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Coos Bay could become coal port again

Coos Bay might see coal exports, but not from the general-purpose cargo terminal the port would like to build, Oregon International Port of Coos Bay CEO Jeff Bishop told the Port’s commissioners Thursday night.

Coal exports would bring too many ships for the cargo terminal to handle, he said. ‘If any coal terminal is developed […]


Millennium and Northwest Alloys seek dock improvements

Millennium Bulk Terminals and a subsidiary of Alcoa Corp. are seeking to improve a dock at the former Reynolds Metals Co. site to boost alumina imports, the companies announced Wednesday.

Northwest Alloys, a wholly owned Alcoa subsidiary that owns the terminal and dock, and Millennium filed permits with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday […]


Millennium focused on cleanup as coal terminal process plays out

Chinook Ventures built this conveyor system without permits and it must be removed, according to Millennium staff.

When Millennium Bulk Terminals bought the buildings and equipment for $10.9 million at the former Reynolds Metals Co. site in January, company officials say they found a mess they needed to clean up if they wanted to […]


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 […]


Port of St. Helens a potential candidate for a terminal to export coal to Asia

Port of St. Helens, on the Columbia River.

Legal documents indicate the Port of St. Helens is talking with a coal export terminal developer, the first sign that Oregon could be in the mix to export coal to meet ever-growing Asian demand.

Also in the game: Port of Morrow, near Boardman. It recently […]