Coal companies are targeting the Columbia River as the gateway for coal export:

Massive terminals would send staggering quantities of U.S. coal to Asia.

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Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview, Washington

The Millennium terminal, proposed by Australia-based Ambre Energy and coal giant Arch, plans to export up to 44 million tons of strip-mined coal per year from the Powder River Basin through a port in Longview, Washington. Initially backed by Australia-based Ambre Energy and Arch Coal, Millennium is now promoted only by Resource Capital Fund, a private equity firm registered in the Cayman Islands. If built, Millennium would be the largest coal export terminal in North America.

2016 saw the release of draft Environmental Impact Statements for the Millennium project from Washington’s Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County, and a separate draft Environmental Impact Statement from the US Army Corps of Engineers. Public hearings and comment periods for these draft Environmental Impact Statements were overflowing with opposition to dirty coal export. The final Environmental Impact Statements are expected to be released in the spring of 2017.

 

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Gateway Pacific Terminal – Cherry Point, Washington

After careful review, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued a landmark decision to deny federal permits for SSA Marine’s proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, a coal export facility at Xwe’chi’eXen, also known as Cherry Point, Washington. In January 2015, the Lummi Nation asked the Army Corps to reject the project because of its significant harm to their treaty protected fisheries and ancestral lands. The historic decision deals a severe blow to SSA Marine’s struggling proposal and marks the first time that a coal export facility has been rejected based on its negative impacts to the treaty rights of a tribal nation.

 

90bMorrow Pacific – Port of Morrow and Port Westward, Oregon

Your commitment to blocking dirty coal export in Oregon prevailed! Ambre Energy’s Oregon proposal to barge coal down the Columbia River from the Port of Morrow to Port Westward is dead.

In 2014, the Department of State Lands (DSL) denied a crucial permit that Ambre applied for to build a dock at the Port of Morrow. DSL found that the removal/fill permit application, which could allow Ambre to build a coal dock, would interfere with the existing fishery located at the proposed dock site and that “the fishery is more significant than the benefit that may be derived from proposed fill.”  After years of an appeal of this decision threatening to overturn the state’s decision, the appeal was settled in November 2016. Ambre Energy’s coal export dreams are over.  The commitment from residents across the Pacific Northwest and the strength of the Power Past Coal coalition made this victory possible. Thank you.

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