Coal Exports http://www.kplu.org en Sweeping Environmental Review For Longview Coal Terminal http://www.kplu.org/post/sweeping-environmental-review-longview-coal-terminal <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">State and local regulators say they'll consider a sweeping environmental review of the impacts of a proposed terminal in southwest Washington that would export millions of tons of coal to Asia.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The state Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County said Wednesday its review includes looking at train traffic impacts along the entire route as the coal is moved by train from Montana and Wyoming throughout the state. The review will also study global-warming effects of burning the exported coal in Asia.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:18:53 +0000 The Associated Press 13570 at http://www.kplu.org Sweeping Environmental Review For Longview Coal Terminal King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-council-resolution-calls-coal-ban-wash-state <p>King County is poised to join the city of Seattle and several other municipalities in passing&nbsp;<a href="http://mkcclegisearch.kingcounty.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1468746&amp;GUID=D61E14B9-C219-4C9C-B579-5EAE7F049C04&amp;Options=ID%7cText%7c&amp;Search=2013-0386" target="_blank">a resolution&nbsp;</a>banning the burning and the transportation of coal in Washington state.&nbsp;</p><p>King County Council member Larry Philips is leading the charge to bring the county on board with what towns and cities all over the region have already done: saying loud and clear that coal is not the answer to the future of energy. The opponents are calling for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/state-promising-extensive-review-proposed-coal-exports" target="_blank">a comprehensive environmental review</a> of the effects of a proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:32:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11370 at http://www.kplu.org King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State Coal Issue Apparently Decisive in Whatcom County Council Races http://www.kplu.org/post/coal-issue-apparently-decisive-whatcom-county-council-races <p>Environmentalists are celebrating an apparent victory in Whatcom County where controversy over a proposed coal terminal seems to have tipped the balance of power.</p><p>Four candidates backed by the Seattle-based Washington Conservation Voters appear to be winning. They<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;are incumbents Ken Mann and Carl Weimer, and challengers Barry Buchanan and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rud</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Browne.</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:14:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10881 at http://www.kplu.org Coal Issue Apparently Decisive in Whatcom County Council Races Whatcom County Council Races Attracting Big Money Over Coal http://www.kplu.org/post/whatcom-county-council-races-attracting-big-money-over-coal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An unprecedented amount of outside money has been pouring into local elections in Whatcom County to fund both sides of the fight stemming from the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four of the county council's seven seats are up for grabs. And two political action groups have formed to try and tip the balance in the Gateway Pacific project north of Bellingham.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10648 at http://www.kplu.org Whatcom County Council Races Attracting Big Money Over Coal Hearings Begin in Environmental Review of Longview Coal Terminal http://www.kplu.org/post/hearings-begin-environmental-review-longview-coal-terminal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scoping hearings begin tomorrow on </span><a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/geographic/millennium/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">near the Columbia River. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s one of two Washington terminals that would ship coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to Asia.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:02:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10027 at http://www.kplu.org Hearings Begin in Environmental Review of Longview Coal Terminal Columbia River Tribes Oppose Plan for Coal Trains http://www.kplu.org/post/columbia-river-tribes-oppose-plan-coal-trains <p>With coal use in decline in the U.S., mining companies have found a steady revenue stream in overseas markets.</p><p>But to get it there requires a long journey by train and barge to export terminals along the Columbia River and in Puget Sound. That’s a problem, according to environmentalists and tribes who are calling for more impact studies.</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:25:09 +0000 Will Robbins 9882 at http://www.kplu.org Environmental Review of Wash. Coal Terminal to Begin http://www.kplu.org/post/environmental-review-wash-coal-terminal-begin <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Preliminary work begins next week for an environmental impact study on plans to build a coal shipping terminal in Longview, Wash.</span></p><div><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Cowlitz County, state and federal officials will take public comments on the scope of the environmental study between Aug. 16 and Nov. 18. Comments will be accepted by email, through regular mail and in person at a series of community meetings.</p> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 04:40:13 +0000 The Associated Press 9589 at http://www.kplu.org State Promising Extensive Review for Proposed Coal Exports http://www.kplu.org/post/state-promising-extensive-review-proposed-coal-exports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Environmentalists are applauding the state Department of Ecology, which announced it will conduct an</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">extensive review of the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:40:25 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9491 at http://www.kplu.org State Promising Extensive Review for Proposed Coal Exports Army Corps: No environmental study for Northwest coal terminals http://www.kplu.org/post/army-corps-no-environmental-study-northwest-coal-terminals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has dealt a big blow to environmental groups fighting proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest.</span></p><p>During testimony before Congress, an official with the agency said the Corps is not planning a broad environmental study on the impact of coal exports, meaning the proposed terminals' effects on climate change won’t be considered during the review process.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:52:33 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9094 at http://www.kplu.org Army Corps: No environmental study for Northwest coal terminals Mr. McGinn goes to Washington, gets dealt bizarre blow http://www.kplu.org/post/mr-mcginn-goes-washington-gets-dealt-bizarre-blow <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle Mayor Mike </span>McGinn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> likely never saw it coming.</span></p><p>While testifying against proposed coal export terminals before a Congressional committee on Tuesday, McGinn found himself at the receiving end of a bizarre — and, at times, personal — attack.</p><p>On the offensive was U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-West Virginia, who boasts taking on “anti-coal zealots” on <a href="http://mckinley.house.gov/" target="_blank">his website</a>.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:22:56 +0000 Martha Kang 9096 at http://www.kplu.org Mr. McGinn goes to Washington, gets dealt bizarre blow Governors' letter reignites NW coal exports debate http://www.kplu.org/post/governors-letter-reignites-nw-coal-exports-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The debate over proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest is heating up again after the governors of Washington and Oregon sent</span><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/132362091/Inslee-and-Kitzhaber-joint-letter-to-CEQ" style="line-height: 1.5;"> a letter </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to the White house on the issue.</span></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 01:07:55 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8164 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest governors ask White House to review coal exports http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-governors-ask-white-house-review-coal-exports <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">The governors of Washington and Oregon are urging the White House to evaluate the effects of greenhouse gas emissions from leasing and exporting the nation's coal.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber called on the federal government to examine the consequences coal leasing and coal exports will have on global greenhouse gas emissions and air quality. They sent a joint letter Monday to the President's Council on Environmental Quality.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:40:47 +0000 The Associated Press 8146 at http://www.kplu.org Coal opponents outnumber proponents at Seattle hearing http://www.kplu.org/post/coal-opponents-outnumber-proponents-seattle-hearing <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">It was one of the biggest outpourings of environmental activism that Seattle has seen since the WTO protests more than a decade ago.</span></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:24:24 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7360 at http://www.kplu.org Coal opponents outnumber proponents at Seattle hearing Crowds gearing up for Seattle hearing on Bellingham terminal http://www.kplu.org/post/crowds-gearing-seattle-hearing-bellingham-terminal <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 38px;">Seattle is bracing for a big hearing.</span></p><p style="line-height: 28px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 38px;">Thousands of people are expected to turn out Thursday for a chance to testify about the <a href="http://cherrypointproposedcoalterminal.blogspot.com/">proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point</a>, north of Bellingham.</span></p><p style="line-height: 28px;"> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7348 at http://www.kplu.org Crowds gearing up for Seattle hearing on Bellingham terminal Earthday founder reflects on environmental activism in Obama’s second term http://www.kplu.org/post/earthday-founder-reflects-environmental-activism-obama-s-second-term <p>Though they say it’s better than any Republican alternative, many activists have been disappointed in the environmental policies of the Obama administration.</p><p>Now that the election’s over, we caught up with one of the state’s most prominent environmental thinkers to get his take on what’s in store for the next four years.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7149 at http://www.kplu.org Earthday founder reflects on environmental activism in Obama’s second term