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.

Contanda announces expansion plans at Port of Grays Harbor

From The Daily World:

In anticipation of increased demand for low-carbon, cleaner fuels, Contanda plans to expand its facility at the Port of Grays Harbor to store a portfolio of cleaner fuels including biodiesel, renewable diesel and ultra-low sulfur diesel, according to a statement released by the company.

Since 2009, Contanda has operated a facility […]


Cowlitz County denies two major permits in ‘huge blow’ to Longview coal export project

From The Daily News article titled ‘Two Millennium coal project shoreline permits for Longview denied’:

In a huge blow to the proposed Longview coal dock, a Cowlitz County hearing examiner has denied two major shoreline permits that Millennium Bulk Terminals needs for its $680 million project.

Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir rejected the permits Tuesday in […]


Judge sides with developers of Longview coal terminal

From the Associated Press:

A Washington state judge on Friday handed a victory to the developers of a massive proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River, saying the state acted arbitrarily when it blocked a sublease sought for the project.

The decision, by Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning, followed a series of […]


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.



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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Official comment period begins Sept. 24 on Cherry Point coal terminal project

For those who want to weigh in on the Gateway Pacific Terminal project, the official comment period for a key point in the process start[ed] Monday, Sept. 24.

Three governmental agencies – Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – will jointly produce the EIS. To do that, […]


Tacoma truck replacement program aims to improve region’s air quality

The Tacoma Truck Scrappage and Replacements for Air in Puget Sound (Tacoma ScRAPS) program targets heavy-duty trucks with pre-1994 model year engines that operate in the Tacoma area.

The City of Tacoma and Cascade Sierra Solutions will give an overview of the program at the Port of Tacoma Commission meeting Nov. 3 at noon in […]


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 […]


Port of Seattle: We are working for environment and jobs

Matson ship in Seattle

The following is excerpted from an opinion piece by Seattle Port Commissioner Tom Albro.

We’re committed to doing what we can to reduce our impacts on our neighbors. We have been working directly for more than two years with Georgetown, South Park, and the city of Seattle to reduce […]


Longview: Coal terminal opponents make new push following fire

Tuesday’s fire at the site of a proposed coal terminal has reignited calls from opponents who say coal and Millennium Bulk Logistics have no place in Cowlitz County.

“(Former owner) Alcoa and the state Department of Ecology need to step up and get this place cleaned up,” said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, […]


State weighs Millennium offer, but appeal likely to stand

The Washington State Department of Ecology has “a considerable problem” with a settlement offer from Millennium Bulk Logistics to delay coal exports west of Longview but hasn’t yet decided whether to accept it, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Kim Schmanke said Ecology doesn’t see a way to settle the case without the original appellants, […]