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Fuel tanker runs aground on Columbia River, is refloated, heads to Port of Longview

From The Oregonian:

A 557-foot tanker loaded with 1.63 million gallons of ethanol and 6.65 million gallons of monoethylene glycol ran aground Thursday morning near Skamokawa, Washington, on the lower Columbia River, the U.S. Coast Guard says.

There are no reports of pollution in the river, flooding aboard the vessel or injuries to crew members, […]

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With Tacoma off the table, Chinese methanol plans focus on two Columbia River ports

From Natural Gas Intel:

Multi-billion-dollar plans for three natural gas-consuming methanol plants in the Pacific Northwest were scaled back Tuesday to two plants as the largest proposed facility at Port of Tacoma, WA, was scrapped by the developer, a China-based consortium.

Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) officials said they were terminating their lease for a site […]

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Dock upgrade will cost Port of St. Helens $460K

An aerial map view of the dock at Port Westward shows the Berth 1 area where a $6.4 million dock upgrade project is currently underway. The Port of St. Helens learned recently that it will have to spend an additional $460,000 to replace rotting pile caps at the dock.

The Port of St. Helens will […]

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China-backed group eyes Pacific Northwest for trio of methanol refineries in Tacoma, Kalama, Port Westward

From The Associated Press:

The Pacific Northwest could become a major hub for methanol production if three proposed refineries are built along the Columbia River and Puget Sound.

A China-backed consortium, Northwest Innovation Works, has proposed two plants in Washington and a third in Oregon to convert natural gas to methanol, which would be shipped […]

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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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Police risk protester’s life to end 9-hour oil train blockade

Authorities incrementally shorten the legs of the tripod used in the blockade. Protesters were critical of the tremendous mobilization of public resources to dismantle the blockade—there were approximately 40 combined fire, police, and medical personnel on site—saying it amounted to essentially another subsidy for the fossil fuel industry. Photo provided by Rising Tide.

From a […]

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Oil train opponents blockade tracks at Port Westward, OR

From Rising Tide North America:

Oil train blocked near Port Westward, OR

Clatskanie, OR—Climate justice activists, local Clatskanie farmers, and oil train opponents from all over Columbia County are blockading the tracks [Update: Police Risk Protester’s Life to End 9-Hour Oil Train Blockade‘]that lead to Port Westward on the Columbia River. The blockade consists of […]

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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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Activists protest at coal exporter offices

Environmental activists from Greenpeace, Tax Fairness Oregon and other groups took their protest against Northwest coal exports to the Portland offices of Ambre Energy this week.

Activists are opposing a proposal to use $2 million from the state’s ConnectOregon grant program to support Ambre’s proposed coal export terminal at Port Westward on the Columbia River.

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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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Coal export investor pushes for control of Ambre Energy, its Boardman and Longview proposals

A major investor is positioning itself to take control of the Australian company trying to build coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington.

A Denver-based private equity firm, Resource Capital Funds, could eventually own as much as 55 percent of Ambre Energy, according to the terms of a deal Ambre shareholders will be asked to […]

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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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Planning Commission opposes Port Westward expansion on Columbia River

Columbia County Planning Commissioners don’t want more land available for industry at Port Westward.

In a 5-1 vote, commissioners opposed the Port of St. Helens’ request to expand Port Westward by 957 acres to “facilitate and attract larger-scale industrial uses and related businesses.” The Columbia County Board of Commissioners will make its final decision in […]

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Conservation groups fighting effort to expand Port Westward

Environmentalists and others are opposing an effort to designate more land for industrial purposes at Port Westward, even though plans for a coal terminal there have died.

About 50 people attended the hearing, the second the commission has held on a Port of St. Helens proposal to expand its Port Westward Industrial Park by 957 […]

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Kinder Morgan drops plans to build coal export terminal at Port of St. Helens

From the Oregonian:

Terminal developer Kinder Morgan will not go forward with a proposal to export coal to Asia from the Port Westward industrial park on the Columbia River, a company spokesman said this morning.

Kinder Morgan’s Allen Fore attributed the decision not to seek permits for a coal export terminal to site logistics at […]

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