Coal Ports

Coal Ports

Lummi Nation: Pacific Gateway Terminal would violate our treaty rights

The Lummi Nation, bolstered by a critical Environmental Impact Study released last month, filed a request with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week.…

Coal ports’ critics question the economics

Developers of two giant coal-export terminals proposed in Washington “are facing severe headwinds” in a volatile global energy economy, a nationally-known consultant on the economics…

Inslee sounds alarm about oil trains

Gov. Jay Inslee wants the feds to slow down oil trains and to speed up the shifting of oil cars to a safer design. And…

First Nations cross border to protect Salish Sea from oil shipments

Proposals to triple the volume of tar sands production in Canada have sparked a new alliance of First Nations and Northwest tribes to stop it.…

Coal export plan suffers setback in Oregon

An Oregon agency created a major setback Monday for plans to build a complex coal project on the Columbia River upstream from Portland. The Department of…

Trains boot Washington fruit crops to carry more coal, oil

One of the major shippers for Washington fruits and field crops has given up on express shipments to the Midwest and East Coast, blaming delays…

Coal trains pose economic, traffic worries for Puget Sound region

It’s all about the trains. Again. Much of the Northwest's discussion of proposals to export coal to China has focused on the potential problems from…

Crowd protests oil trains, BP operations at Cherry Point

The fate of a Cherry Point oil-loading dock. Distrust of BP. A minor oil-car derailment in Seattle. All of these surfaced Thursday at a hearing in…

Columbia River: Why it may be time to let some dams tumble

Second of two stories The federal government's Biological Opinion on operation of its Columbia River system dams, issued in January and challenged — inevitably —…

Coal exports from Bellingham could ramp up rapidly

Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands. Simultaneously,…

Could BP turn Bellingham into a Northwest oil export capital?

The microphone worked only part of the time, and occasionally the gymnasium walls bounced the words like a volley of loose basketballs. Despite that, the…

B.C. oil pipeline: A threat to the whole Northwest?

In Big Energy’s massive rush to export oil and coal from inland United States and Canadian mines and wells to the hungry power users of…

Oil train information: Pleas to let public know what’s going on

There was one big theme among those attending a Spokane hearing on oil train safety Tuesday: the public's ability to know what is happening. Six out…

‘Oil & Water': How SIFF movie gives a face to vital causes

Good causes need good faces, and the battle to force oil and gas giants to adopt sustainable practices has such a face in Hugo Lucitante,…

A green line of governors: Can Inslee, Kitzhaber stop energy exports?

Elections have consequences, it is often said, and the elections of 2010 and 2012 brought to the West Coast a solid green line of governors:…