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, formerly backed 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. 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.

We celebrated the January 2017 decision by the Department of Natural Resources to disallow Millennium to build their coal dock. Millennium has filed a lawsuit to overturn the state’s ruling and Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and Washington Environmental Council have intervened to defend the state from Big Coal bullying. The three organizations are represented by Earthjustice. The coal project received a second blow from the Washington Department of Ecology in September 2017. Ecology rejected Millennium’s Clean Water Act section 401 Water Quality Certification. This permit denial is a nail in the coffin for coal export in Longview.

Despite the Washington Department of Ecology’s decision denying a key permit, Millennium insists on moving forward with local land use permits from Cowlitz County, as well as a related permit from Ecology. The Department of Natural Resources denied another key site authorization in October 2017 and the Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner denied the Shorelines land use permits on November 14, 2017. We can’t stop fighting until Millennium officially throws in the towel.



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.

The Department of Natural Resources expanded the aquatic reserve at Cherry Point to include the would-be dock site for the Gateway Pacific Terminal in January 2017. SSA Marine formally withdrew their permit application for the coal project on February 7, 2017.

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Morrow 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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