coal http://kuow.org en Wall Street Giant Backs Away From Washington Coal Export Project http://kuow.org/post/wall-street-giant-backs-away-washington-coal-export-project A multinational banking giant is backing away from a proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export project near Bellingham, Washington.<p>New York-based <a href="http://www.goldmansachs.com/what-we-do/investing-and-lending/direct-private-investing/equity-folder/gs-infrastructure-partners.html" title="">Goldman Sachs</a> has sold its stock back to the companies proposing to build the Gateway Pacific Terminal. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:39:37 +0000 David Steves 26715 at http://kuow.org Wall Street Giant Backs Away From Washington Coal Export Project Feds: Coal Companies Must Pay To Suppress Dust From Trains http://kuow.org/post/feds-coal-companies-must-pay-suppress-dust-trains <p>A federal board has ruled that the coal companies operating in the Powder River Basin have to take certain measures to reduce the amount of dust that is escaping from coal train cars. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 25871 at http://kuow.org Feds: Coal Companies Must Pay To Suppress Dust From Trains Northwest Tribe Opposes Coal Terminal, But How Hard Will They Fight It? http://kuow.org/post/northwest-tribe-opposes-coal-terminal-how-hard-will-they-fight-it <p></p><p></p><p>Dozens of crab pot buoys dot the waters around Lummi tribal member Jay Julius’ fishing boat as he points the bow towards Cherry Point – a spit of land that juts into northern Puget Sound near Bellingham, Wash. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:20:30 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 24870 at http://kuow.org Northwest Tribe Opposes Coal Terminal, But How Hard Will They Fight It? Coal Dust From Trains Adds To Pollution, New Research Finds http://kuow.org/post/coal-dust-trains-adds-pollution-new-research-finds <p></p><p>New research results suggest coal trains are contributing to the Northwest’s air pollution.</p><p>That’s according to the preliminary results of a University of Washington atmospheric and environmental scientist’s <a href="http://earthfix.info/communities/article/crowdfunding-coal-science/" title="">crowdfunded study</a>. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:08:06 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 23304 at http://kuow.org Coal Dust From Trains Adds To Pollution, New Research Finds Interest Groups Pour Money Into Whatcom Races Ahead Of Coal Terminal Decision http://kuow.org/post/interest-groups-pour-money-whatcom-races-ahead-coal-terminal-decision <p><strong><em>UPDATE: 10/18/13, 2:30 p.m. PT.</em></strong></p><p>This story does not reflect <a href="http://www.pdc.wa.gov/MvcQuerySystem/CommitteeData/contributions?param=U0FWSVdTIDIyNw====&amp;year=2013&amp;type=continuing">recent donations of approximately $150,000 made to a political action committee</a> that supports <a href="http://www.savewhatcom.org/candidates.html">Whatcom County Council candidates</a> believed to be sympathetic to the proposed coal terminal in Bellingham, Wash. Donations were made to Save Whatcom, a conservative PAC.</p><p><em><strong>Original Post:</strong></em></p><p>A relatively small county council election in Washington state’s far northwest corner could play a major role in the future of the US coal industry.</p><p>The Whatcom County council could end up casting the deciding votes to permit the controversial dock for the Gateway Pacific Terminal, which would transfer coal from trains onto ships bound for Asia. It would be the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast.</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:04:43 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 22184 at http://kuow.org Interest Groups Pour Money Into Whatcom Races Ahead Of Coal Terminal Decision Could China Coal Cuts Help Sink Proposed Wash. Coal Ports? http://kuow.org/post/could-china-coal-cuts-help-sink-proposed-wash-coal-ports <p>China plans to cut coal consumption in major northern cities including Beijing and Shanghai by 2017 to curb pollution. Could this impact demand for Wyoming coal and proposed (and controversial) coal export terminals in Washington state?&nbsp; Marcie Sillman talks it over with <a href="http://grist.org/author/david-roberts/">David Roberts</a> who writes for the Seattle-based environmental magazine, Grist. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:05:43 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20570 at http://kuow.org Could China Coal Cuts Help Sink Proposed Wash. Coal Ports? Seattle Mayor’s Coal Economics Study Released http://kuow.org/post/seattle-mayor-s-coal-economics-study-released <p></p><p>The results of an economic analysis of coal export impacts on Seattle have just been released, more than a month after they were handed over to Mayor Mike McGinn, who commissioned the report.</p><p>The report, titled <a href="http://mayormcginn.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CAI-OED-Coal-Train-Economic-Impacts-FINAL-2013-0813.pdf" title="">City of Seattle Economic Analysis of Proposed Coal Train Operations</a>, cost $25,000. It was completed by Community Attributes and delivered to the mayor’s office on July 10.</p><p>But McGinn did not release the report to the public until The Seattle Times filed a public records request. Then the mayor posted the study to his blog on Friday afternoon, within nine minutes of giving a copy of the report to <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2021647281_coaltrainsmcginnxml.html" title="">The Seattle Times</a>.</p><p>When asked about the delay on the July 10 report, McGinn told EarthFix and KUOW, “That wasn’t the final because my staff and others provided comments to them and they made substantial revisions after that.”</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:21:10 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 18963 at http://kuow.org Seattle Mayor’s Coal Economics Study Released Regulators Announce New Scrutiny Of Proposed Coal Export Terminal http://kuow.org/post/regulators-announce-new-scrutiny-proposed-coal-export-terminal <p>A proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export terminal will face stiff environmental scrutiny.</p><p>On Wednesday a <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2013/197.html" title="">joint release</a> from the Washington Department of Ecology, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Whatcom County, Wash., announced they will consider climate change, human health and the environment when it comes to a coal port near Bellingham, Wash. And they’ll look at the entire route from Western mines to coal-burning plants in Asia. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:29:42 +0000 Ashley Ahearn & David Steves 17728 at http://kuow.org Regulators Announce New Scrutiny Of Proposed Coal Export Terminal Washington’s Largest Coal User Unfazed by Obama’s Climate Plan http://kuow.org/post/washington-s-largest-coal-user-unfazed-obama-s-climate-plan <p>President Barack Obama’s wide-ranging plan for action on climate change, announced Tuesday at Georgetown University, includes regulating carbon emissions from existing coal-burning power plants for the first time. In the Pacific Northwest, relatively little coal is used, but one of the region’s biggest coal consumers is sticking with its plans to keep relying on the dirtiest of all fossil fuels. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:41:45 +0000 John Ryan 15589 at http://kuow.org Washington’s Largest Coal User Unfazed by Obama’s Climate Plan McGinn In DC Talking Coal, New Music And The Big Earthquake http://kuow.org/post/mcginn-dc-talking-coal-new-music-and-big-earthquake <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>McGinn Testifies About Coal Exports&nbsp;In Washington DC</strong><br>The US House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a panel entitled <a href="http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/us-energy-abundance-regulatory-market-and-legal-barriers-export">U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory Market and Legal Barriers to Export.</a>" Seattle mayor Mike McGinn is in Washington DC testifying. <a href="http://www.kuow.org/people/ashley-ahearn">KUOW's Ashley Ahearn</a> reports on the latest.</p><p><strong>Worth Listening To: A Music Recommendation</strong><br>Are you stuck in a music listening rut?&nbsp; We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists.&nbsp;Branch out!&nbsp;New music recommendations every Tuesday at 9:20 a.m.&nbsp;This time Seattle Weekly classical music writer <a href="http://www.seattleweekly.com/arts/830087-129/violin-borchert-duets-gavinasd">Gavin Borchert</a> recommends Seattle musician Hope Wechkin.</p><p><strong>Anticipating The Big Northwest&nbsp; Earthquake</strong><br>There was a time, 90 years ago when the Puget Sound area was declared “earthquake-proof” by a prominent geologist. As scientists have continued to study the Northwest, however, they’ve come to realize that statement couldn’t be further from the truth. This area is in fact prone to not just earthquakes, but mega-quakes too. Sandi Doughton, science reporter for The Seattle Times explains what scientists know about the “the big one" that is due to strike the region. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 15111 at http://kuow.org McGinn In DC Talking Coal, New Music And The Big Earthquake Army Corps To Congress: Climate Change Of Burning Coal Won't Be Considered http://kuow.org/post/army-corps-congress-climate-change-burning-coal-wont-be-considered-0 <div id="full_story"><p>The federal agency in charge of approving Northwest coal export terminals delivered a setback for environmentalists, telling a congressional panel Tuesday morning that it will not be considering the area-wide effects of transporting coal, or the global impact of burning it in Asia.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:33:45 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 15141 at http://kuow.org Army Corps To Congress: Climate Change Of Burning Coal Won't Be Considered Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers’ Expense http://kuow.org/post/government-report-coal-companies-are-pocketing-millions-taxpayers-expense <p></p><p>Coal mining companies are saving tens of millions of dollars that should be going into state and federal treasuries, according to <a href="http://www.eenews.net/assets/2013/06/11/document_pm_01.pdf" title="">a new report by the Inspector General at the US Department of Interior.</a></p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:19:26 +0000 Ashley Ahearn & Bonnie Stewart 14819 at http://kuow.org Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers’ Expense Environmental Groups Sue Railway Alleging Coal Dumping http://kuow.org/post/environmental-groups-sue-railway-alleging-coal-dumping <p>A coalition of environmental groups in Washington and Oregon has sued BNSF Railway and several coal companies, alleging trains are dumping coal in violation of the Clean Water Act.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 16:18:14 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 14439 at http://kuow.org Environmental Groups Sue Railway Alleging Coal Dumping Crowdfunding Coal Science In Pacific Northwest http://kuow.org/post/crowdfunding-coal-science-pacific-northwest <p>Crowdfunding campaigns are popular ways to raise money for fledgling businesses and independent projects — and now scientific research. As state and federal agencies begin the environmental review process for the largest coal export terminals on the West Coast, some scientists are turning to the public for help with research of their own.</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 14:22:39 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 13592 at http://kuow.org Crowdfunding Coal Science In Pacific Northwest What’s In The Water Under The Ballard Rail Bridge? http://kuow.org/post/what-s-water-under-ballard-rail-bridge <p>The debate over exporting Wyoming and Montana coal through terminals on the Northwest coast has been heating up in recent months. Those who support exporting coal say the terminals will create thousands of jobs and tax revenue for the state. Opponents have raised concerns about the potential environmental and health impacts of coal. Now, some of them are taking matters into their own hands. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:14:04 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 10587 at http://kuow.org What’s In The Water Under The Ballard Rail Bridge?