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Ports of Seattle and Tacoma
7:58 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Ports of Seattle and Tacoma Form Alliance

An aerial view of the Port of Tacoma.
Credit Washington State Dept of Transportation / flickr

  The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma are ending decades of rivalry. At a news conference Tuesday commissioners of the ports announced they will form an alliance. The ports are joining so they can fight new competitors together. Tacoma and Seattle squabbled for decades. But new pressures are now bringing them together.

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Logging Exports
4:59 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

2013: A Good Year For West Coast Log And Lumber Exports

Lumber and log exports from the West Coast rose about 20 percent last year.
Credit Sean Mack / Wikimedia Commons

Lumber and log exports from the West Coast rose about 20 percent last year, with demand peaking in the fourth quarter.

Most of the West Coast logs shipped overseas are going to China, although Japan has upped its demand, as well. With limited forestlands of their own, these countries rely on the United States’ timber supply.

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Logging Exports
6:33 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Export Terminal In Newport Would Route Log Trucks Past Condos

The barges leaked oil into Yaquina bay and over the years the terminal fell out of use.
Credit kingtideoregon

The Port of Newport on the Oregon coast is planning to develop a log export terminal. That’s led to a conflict with the port’s new neighbors.

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Oil Terminal Lease
5:57 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Vancouver Oil Terminal Lease Would Allow Exports

The Port of Vancouver has released copies of the lease agreement Port commissioners approved last week for a controversial oil terminal. EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita reports the lease does not restrict terminal developers from exporting oil overseas.

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Coos Bay Exports
5:56 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Environmental Groups File Appeal To Stop Coos Bay Export Plans

Environmental groups have gone to court again to stop the export of liquefied natural gas from the Port of Coos Bay.

Coos Waterkeeper, the Sierra Club and other groups filed a petition with Oregon’s Court of Appeals Tuesday. They’re asking the court to reverse a judge’s decision last month to allow the port to dredge a waterway deep enough for large vessels that could haul LNG and bulk commodities like coal.

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Petition for Coal Study
5:54 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Anti-coal Export Groups File Legal Petition For Coal Study

The number of coal export terminals proposed for Oregon and Washington has dropped from six to three. But a dozen Northwest groups aren’t backing down from their call for a regional impact study of the coal projects.

The groups filed a legal petition Wednesday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They want the corps to study the environmental impacts of transporting coal by train and barge from mines in Montana and Wyoming to shipping terminals.

Audio Pending...

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Log Exports
5:12 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Oregon Representative Proposes Tax Measure To Discourage Log Exports

Last year, about 18 percent of the trees harvested in the Northwest were shipped as raw logs to mills in Asia.
Credit Okko Pyykkö / Wikimedia Commons

An Oregon state representative has introduced a bill to try to curb the export of raw logs. A House committee held its first hearing on the bill today.

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Labor Dispute
4:00 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

One Grain Exporter Reaches Labor Deal; Picket Lines At Another

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 6:05 pm

There are several new developments Wednesday in a long-running labor dispute between unionized longshoremen and Northwest grain terminal operators. One grain exporter announced it reached a contract agreement, while another locked out its union workers after discovering what it called sabotage.

Picket lines sprung up almost immediately in front of the United Grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver, Washington. This, after the terminal operator notified the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4 of a lock out.

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Natural Gas Exports
4:41 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Wyden Leads Sharp Debate Over Natural Gas Export

Senator Ron Wyden is chairman of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Credit Ron Wyden's website

Should the U.S. export its abundant supply of shale gas? Oregon Senator Ron Wyden tackled that question in a hearing today. It’s his first since he took over chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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Crude Oil Exports
6:33 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Northwest On Verge Of Becoming Pacific Crude Oil Gateway

Westway Terminals VP Robbie Johnson and regional manager Ken Shoemake discuss the proposed expansion of this Aberdeen facility to receive crude oil by rail and transfer it to oil tankers or barges.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The Northwest is on the verge of becoming a gateway for crude oil. Three different developers have plans to use docks on Grays Harbor, Washington to transfer crude oil from trains to ships. Other projects are getting off the ground in Tacoma, Vancouver, BC and on the lower Columbia River. There was a huge turnout Wednesday night at an introductory public workshop in Aberdeen, Washington. Correspondent Tom Banse reports the response indicates crude-by-rail may be the region’s next big environmental controversy.

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