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Guest Opinion: ‘Second paycheck’ shouldn’t kill good jobs

As reported by Crosscut, a new wrinkle in the ongoing discussions about the Bellingham region’s future is the notion of a “second paycheck.” This is…

Energy export decisions loom over the Columbia River

Stand on the cliffs overlooking the wild beauty of the Columbia River, viewed by many as one of the most significant environmental forces in the…

Coal ports: Will they cost communities their “second paycheck”?

For four and a half years, coal exports and the massive terminals proposed at Longview and near Bellingham have been a subject of local debate.…

Lawmakers strike compromise on oil trains

Heavy on trains and pipelines, but no Puget Sound oil spill prevention measures. That about sums up a Washington House-Senate compromise on their competing oil…

Tiny particles delay study of coal port proposal

They are so small you can’t see them in the air — but you inhale them, and they can go to your lungs and even…

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:…

Earth Day: Greenwashing works well for oil industry

It’s Earth Day, but maybe it ought to be called Greenwash Day. Just four years ago today, a massive gusher of oil began flowing from…

Oil, coal, gas: Export proposals are growing

The Big Energy Export Train aimed at Pacific Northwest deep-water harbors is looking to add a new cargo: liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), also known as…

Rising danger: Project tracks where oil spill might go in the Salish Sea

The rapid rise of tar sands oil shipments through Canada to the Northwest is leading to increased worries about oil spills in coastal waters. Tanker…

Is Seattle ready for an oil train fire?

It was the type of accident that has cities around the country, including Seattle, examining their ability to respond to train wrecks involving tank cars of…

Rail traffic and climate change part of Gateway Pacific enviro review

Gateway Pacific, the giant export terminal north of Bellingham, took a major step forward Thursday as developers agreed to a $7.2 million contract for an…

Guest Opinion: ‘Second paycheck’ shouldn’t kill good jobs

As reported by Crosscut, a new wrinkle in the ongoing discussions about the Bellingham region’s future is the notion of a “second paycheck.” This is…