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News From Canada
3:19 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

U.S. Ambassador To Canada Asks For Partnership In Combatting Climate Change

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman speaks at Canada 2020 on June 2.
Flickr Photo/Canada 2020 (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks to columnist Vaughn Palmer about U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman's request for a partnership between the two countries in combating climate change. Plus, how the U.S. decision on coal-burning power plant affects the coal-port expansion and an update on the Victoria sewage plant.

EarthFix Reports
8:15 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Vancouver City Council Votes 5-2 To Oppose Northwest's Largest Oil Terminal

Hundreds turned out for a Vancouver City Council hearing on a resolution opposing the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal, proposed for the Port of Vancouver.
Cassandra Profita

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:00 am

Hundreds gathered at the Hilton Vancouver Convention Center and stayed late into the night Monday for a Vancouver City Council hearing on a resolution opposing what would be the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail shipping facility.

More than 140 people signed up to testify at the hearing. At 11 p.m., more than four hours after the hearing began, the council voted to extend the meeting even later to take additional testimony.

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EarthFix Reports
8:14 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Wyoming Governor Visits Washington To Promote Coal Exports

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead talks with Millennium Bulk Terminals general manager Bob Steward about the loading dock at the proposed coal export terminal site in Longview, Washington.
Cassandra Profita

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:02 pm

LONGVIEW, Wash. -- A controversial coal export terminal proposed for this Columbia River town has a big supporter from the state of Wyoming.

Its governor was in Longview Tuesday to tour the old aluminum smelter where the The Millennium Bulk coal export terminal would move up to 44 million tons a year of Wyoming coal off trains and onto ships bound for Asia.

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Coal Industry
4:17 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Coal Might Be On The Outs, But It Used To Be King In The Pacific Northwest

This photo is believed to be of a group of students from the school of mines at the University of Washington, circa 1917.
Flickr Photo/Rob Ketcherside (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Leonard Garfield, Museum of History and Industry's executive director, about coal's rich history in the Pacific Northwest.

EarthFix Reports
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Yakama Nation Protests Coal Export Terminal

Yakama Nation fishers and tribal leaders hopped on boats to the fishing site. As a protest, they dropped a net right next to the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export facility.
Courtney Flatt

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 5:44 pm

BOARDMAN, Ore. -- Yakama Nation tribal members took to the Columbia River Tuesday to protest a proposed coal export facility in eastern Oregon. The tribe says the export facility would cut fishers off from treaty-protected fishing sites along the river.

More than 70 people held signs and waved flags on the banks of the Columbia River, just downstream from the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export terminal.

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EarthFix Reports
7:40 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Local Coal? A Mom And Pop Coal Mine Near Seattle Looks To Get Back To Work

This photo, probably taken between 1905 and 1910, shows a group of coal miners at the early entrance of a mine near Newcastle, Washington. Coal mining could return to eastern King County under a proposal that many residents oppose.
Museum of History & Industry, Seattle http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/imlsmohai/id/7029/rec/5

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 5:27 pm

BLACK DIAMOND, Wash. -- Environmentalists have launched a full-on offensive against coal export terminals proposed for Washington and Oregon, but they might want to take a look closer to home.

A small open pit coal mine just outside of Seattle is looking to get back in business.

The John Henry Mine, formerly the Black Diamond Mine, has been in operation on and off since the late 1800s, but it closed down in 1999.

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Student Activism
3:05 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Students Urge Washington Schools To Stop Investing In Fossil Fuels

Steve Scher talks to Alex Lenferna, a graduate student at the University of Washington and leader of Divest UW, about his group's efforts to persuade the university to remove fossil fuels from its stock profile.

Coal Terminal
7:39 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wall Street Giant Backs Away From Washington Coal Export Project

Goldman Sachs has parted ways with a proposal to export 48 million tons of Wyoming Coals through a terminal near Bellingham, Wash.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 4:35 pm

A multinational banking giant is backing away from a proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export project near Bellingham, Washington.

New York-based Goldman Sachs has sold its stock back to the companies proposing to build the Gateway Pacific Terminal. If built it would transfer 48 million tons of Wyoming coal each year from trains to ocean-going vessels bound for Asia.

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EarthFix Reports
1:46 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Feds: Coal Companies Must Pay To Suppress Dust From Trains

A coal train makes its way through Eastern Washington.
Flickr Photo/Aaron Hockley

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.

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EarthFix Reports
11:20 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Northwest Tribe Opposes Coal Terminal, But How Hard Will They Fight It?

Tribal treaty fishing rights give Washington tribes the opportunity to weigh in on, and even block, projects that could impact their fishing grounds.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

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.

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Coal In The Northwest
12:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Coal Dust From Trains Adds To Pollution, New Research Finds

Dan Jaffe, UW-Bothell professor, used crowdfunding to raise money to study how passing coal trains impact air quality. He issued conclusions from his research on Nov. 4, 2013.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

New research results suggest coal trains are contributing to the Northwest’s air pollution.

That’s according to the preliminary results of a University of Washington atmospheric and environmental scientist’s crowdfunded study.

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Elections 2013
9:04 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Interest Groups Pour Money Into Whatcom Races Ahead Of Coal Terminal Decision

Predictions are for an even race in the Whatcom County Council races, despite the outspending of environmental groups to coal supporters.
Credit Flickr Photo/Ryan Sitzman

UPDATE: 10/18/13, 2:30 p.m. PT.

This story does not reflect recent donations of approximately $150,000 made to a political action committee that supports Whatcom County Council candidates believed to be sympathetic to the proposed coal terminal in Bellingham, Wash. Donations were made to Save Whatcom, a conservative PAC.

Original Post:

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.

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.

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Coal Terminals
2:05 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Could China Coal Cuts Help Sink Proposed Wash. Coal Ports?

Flickr Photo/Ryan Sitzman

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?  Marcie Sillman talks it over with David Roberts who writes for the Seattle-based environmental magazine, Grist.

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Coal Train Study
10:21 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Seattle Mayor’s Coal Economics Study Released

Port of Seattle Photo/Don Wilson

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.

The report, titled City of Seattle Economic Analysis of Proposed Coal Train Operations, cost $25,000. It was completed by Community Attributes and delivered to the mayor’s office on July 10.

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 The Seattle Times.

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.”

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Climage Change Impacts Considered
1:29 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Regulators Announce New Scrutiny Of Proposed Coal Export Terminal

The scope of the environmental impact of a proposed coal export terminal will include transporting coal by rail from Wyoming and Montana to the terminal near Beillingham, Wash.
Katie Campbell

A proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export terminal will face stiff environmental scrutiny.

On Wednesday a joint release 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.

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