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EarthFix Reports
8:41 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Coal Terminal Near Longview Set For Environmental Review

The Washington Department of Ecology announced details Wednesday for its assessment of the environmental impact of a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Wash. It would transfer trainloads of coal onto ocean-going vessels.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 1:06 pm

The coal export terminal proposed for the Columbia River town of Longview, Wash. is moving to the next phase in the environmental review process.

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EarthFix Reports
8:32 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Oregon Issues 3 Permits For Columbia River Coal Terminal

A coal train moves through Wyoming where the coal is mined from the Powder River Basin.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 4:20 pm

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued three permits for the coal export terminal that Ambre Energy wants to build on the Columbia River in the Eastern Oregon town of Boardman.

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Activism
6:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

We've reserved the slideshow above for a collection of reader-submitted photos from local demonstrations in 2013. Submit yours to pictures@kuow.org. In this photo: A scene from fast food workers demonstrating in Seattle on May 31, 2013.
Heather Villanueva

As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area.

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Environment
1:29 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Live Tweet: Discussing Impacts Of Bellingham Coal Terminal

On December 6, 2013 at Town Hall in Seattle, reporter Ashley Ahearn moderated a discussion with Jay Julius, Lummi councilmember; and tribal law experts Mason Morisett and Knoll Lowney about an ongoing battle over a coal terminal, proposed to be built at Cherry Point, a sacred site for the Lummi.

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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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Environment
8:58 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Coal Exporter Disturbed Native American Burial Site Near Bellingham

Jay Julius is a Lummi tribal council member and fisherman. He cites the Pacific International Terminals' non-permitted actions at Cherry Point as a source of tribal opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal.
EarthFix/KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Three summers ago, the company that hopes to build the largest coal terminal in North America failed to obtain the permits it needed before bulldozing more than four miles of roads and clearing more than nine acres. 

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Coal Train Impact
8:44 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Documents Reveal Army Corps’ Earlier Concerns About Coal Trains And Wetlands

The TransAlta Centralia Generation Plant has been burning coal since 1971. The coal burned there was mined on-site until 2006 when the Centralia mine closed and the power plant began bringing in Powder River Basin coal by train.
Pamela Gerber

Proposals to make the Northwest a major coal exporting region have made for a familiar debate over the potential impacts on people and the environment. Will it help the economy? What will coal dust do to the air we breathe? Will our rivers and marine waters be threatened?

Here’s another question: Will coal trains harm the wetlands of the Pacific Northwest?

So far, wetlands have not been a central part of the public debate over coal exports. But concern over these ecologically sensitive areas are familiar to the federal regulators who will decide whether to permit coal export terminals.

In fact, according to government documents obtained by EarthFix, the Army Corps of Engineers has already studied the issue. And in at least one instance, it’s reached a conclusion:

Coal trains are bad for wetlands.

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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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Coal Debate
11:37 am
Tue June 18, 2013

New EarthFix Documentary Explores Coal Terminal Debate

A load of coal moves past the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Coal export out of the area is hot topic of debate.
Flickr Photo/Adam Fagen

  Mayor Mike McGinn is in Washington, D.C., today to testify against the construction of three coal terminals in Washington state. He voiced his environmental concerns earlier today in front of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Even more concerns have arisen now that the Army Corp of Engineers, which is in charge of reviewing the environmental impact of the terminals, has decided not to investigate green house gas emissions.

EarthFix reporters Ashley Ahearn and Katie Campbell discuss the latest coal news with David Hyde. Plus, they preview the upcoming EarthFix documentary, "COAL."

Energy Subcommittee Hearing
8:33 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Army Corps To Congress: Climate Change Of Burning Coal Won't Be Considered

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn speaks out against coal export terminals at a coal export hearing in Seattle in Dec. 2012.
Michael Werner

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.

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US Department Of Interior Report
1:19 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers’ Expense

Heavy equipment moving coal at a mine in Wyoming. A new federal report says taxpayers aren't getting the full value of coal mined on public land.
Katie Campbell Earthfix

Coal mining companies are saving tens of millions of dollars that should be going into state and federal treasuries, according to a new report by the Inspector General at the US Department of Interior.

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Environmental News
10:28 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Environmental Update With Ashley Ahearn

The cleanup of the Duwamish River in Seattle is a continual hot topic in local environmental news.
Flickr Photo/Tom Sparks

 From the Duwamish River cleanup efforts to coal terminals to chuckling frogs; David Hyde talks with KUOW and EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn about the latest in Northwest environmental news. Plus, Ahearn talks about EarthFix’s upcoming documentary, "Voices of Coal: And EarthFix Multimedia Special."

Claims Of Clean Water Act Violations
9:18 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Environmental Groups Sue Railway Alleging Coal Dumping

Ron Eng is a geologist at the Burke Museum. He took a look at samples collected by a diver in the water near Seattle's Ballard Locks. These and other field samples were gathered for a lawsuit against coal companies and a railway.
Ashley Ahearn Earthfix

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.

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Diving For Coal
9:14 am
Fri March 29, 2013

What’s In The Water Under The Ballard Rail Bridge?

Laura James pulls a piece of black porous rock from the water beneath the railroad bridge in Ballard.
Lamont Granquist

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.

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Environment
12:01 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Where Do You Stand On The Coal-Terminal Debate?

Dust comes off a coal train in Campbell County, Wyo. The question is, what might coal dust from increased train traffic through the Northwest do to the environment?
EarthFix Photo/Michael Werner

Environmental reporter Ashley Ahearn has been covering the different sides of the coal debate over the last year and today on The Conversation we want to hear what you think. Ross Reynolds sits down with Ashley Ahearn to parse out the arguments for and against the proposed coal terminals in Washington, and takes listener calls. 

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