I’ve been doing some research on the Port of Coos Bay and coal exports in Oregon, and recently found these interesting articles that I thought I’d pass on to you all. Here are some nuggets of information for your Sunday morning reading:
- Although Big Coal has had some setbacks this year, the Pacific Northwest should expect a long, hard fight to keep the dirty industry out of the region. “[E]ach terminal will create scores of jobs, not hundreds, and many of them will be temporary construction jobs. But these are depressed communities, and, as we know, we’re talking here about the political third rail in this frail economy.” (Dirty Industry, Dirty Fight: Big Coal Is On The Ropes, But Not Down For The Count, ThinkProgress)
- Oregon’s Department of State Lands must decide whether to approve a permit to expand docks in the Port of Boardman, which could potentially export coal to markets overseas – which is why dozens rallied in protest at the DSL office in Salem last week. The DSL has fewer than 60 days to make a decision. (Oregonians Protest Coal Exports, KOHD)
- The Oregon Sierra Club has an online petition for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be conducted on the Port of Morrow, as well as all Pacific Northwest ports that may export coal, by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Sign the petition here.
- The Port of Coos Bay and its partners will spend the next six months – and $300,000 – to continue studying “the feasibility of exporting coal from somewhere on the North Spit of Coos Bay.” (Port: Coal needs further study, The World)
- Coal exported from Coos Bay will not be going to China, according to the Port’s CEO David Koch. Also:
The Port has signed a confidentiality agreement and isn’t naming the companies involved. However, EarthFix has learned the Japanese conglomerate Mitsui and California-based Metro Ports are two of the key players in a bid to develop a coal export terminal with the Port of Coos Bay. (EarthFix)
- “Asian demand for low-sulfur Powder River Basin coal is driving the export terminal pursuits in the Pacific Northwest. Export terminals in British Columbia are shipping coal to Asian markets but have been unable to keep up with the growing demand across the Pacific.” (International investors want in on Oregon coast coal terminal, EarthFix)
Today is Earth Day, an appropriate day for No Coal Eugene to get together to plan our campaign to keep coal trains out of our city and state. A few teams will be meeting today and tomorrow – if you’re interested in joining us, check out how to get involved!