Coal Exports

Courtney Flatt

More than 100 people showed up today in Pasco to a final public hearing for a proposed coal export terminal. And most of them supported it. David Gillihan works at Millennium Bulk Terminals. He echoed one of the main reasons people voiced support of the terminal: jobs. “All of you with your lofty ideals, those who oppose us, deny us the opportunity to make a good living doing what we want,” Gillihan said. Gillihan wore a blue shirt: the uniform of people who want to see up to 16 trains per...

Dozens of people drove hundreds of miles from Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to Spokane Thursday to weigh in on a proposed coal export terminal. The terminal would sit along the Columbia River in Longview. But the permitting agencies want input from inland cities along the train tracks.

Supporters wore blue. Opponents wore red. Hundreds of people from Oregon and Washington gathered at a public hearing in Longview Tuesday to offer their views on the proposed Millennium Coal Terminal. We will show all of you doubters that its possible to have a world class coal export terminal that doesnt pollute our environment," said Dave Gillihan, a Millennium worker in Longview who said he support the project. "Longview has some of the highest unemployment rates in the state. 'We can do...

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Coal export terminals are in the permitting process in both Washington and Oregon, but they face heavy opposition.

Oregon Approves Subsidy For Oil Transport, Not Coal

Aug 22, 2014
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The Oregon Transportation Commission voted Friday to deny funding for controversial coal exports but approved subsidies that will allow more oil trains to travel along the Columbia River.

Oregon Denies Permit For Controversial Coal Export Dock

Aug 19, 2014
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The state of Oregon Monday denied a controversial permit for a coal export dock on the Columbia River. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

Oregon To Decide On Controversial Coal Export Dock Permit

Aug 15, 2014
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Oregon regulators plan to make a critical decision today. They're deciding whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock in Boardman to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.

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More people in the Northwest support coal export terminals than oppose them. Those are the results of a new survey. But people who took the survey didn’t feel very strongly about why they support coal exports. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.