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Nov 07 2013

Coal Exports Boost Montana Economy (Helena Independent Record)

Coal export restrictions hurt Montana’s economy

 By Shawn Regan and Fred Thomas
When it comes to developing our energy resources, Montanans have grown accustomed to the federal government getting in the way. But as coal development projects in the state move forward, the latest roadblock is coming from right here in Montana. On a recent visit to the Crow Indian Nation, we learned how local opposition to coal exports is impacting one of the poorest communities in the state.

Some cities along rail routes in Montana are trying to limit coal-train traffic, citing concerns about quality of life, traffic congestion and coal dust. At issue are two proposed coal export terminals in Washington that, if approved, would ramp up coal rail shipments from southeastern Montana to the west coast for export to Asian markets.

Last week, the Missoula City Council passed a resolution asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expand the scope of its environmental review of the Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview, Wash., more than 500 miles away. The city council wants the agency to consider the impacts of increased coal-rail traffic moving through Missoula. City officials in Helena have also expressed similar concerns over the proposed export terminal.

If successful, the economic consequences of Missoula’s resolution — which ultimately aims to prevent Montana coal from ever reaching a western port — are obvious enough. But as we witnessed on our recent trip with several state representatives to the Crow Nation, such restrictions would be a crushing blow to the impoverished tribe.
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Nov 07 2013

Coal Export Terminal Right for Washington (Bellingham Herald)

Posted in All News, U.S. Ports

Millennium Export Terminal right for Washington


The Millennium Export Terminal in Longview is an opportunity for Washington to create thousands of jobs and generate millions in revenue.

As representatives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – the world’s largest business organization – and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, our focus is always on job creation and economic growth. That’s why we support this critical project.

The Millennium project will take a dormant piece of land and turn it into a bustling, state of the art port terminal. The Terminal makes good on the promise of expanding our markets and selling more American products to the 95 percent of the world’s consumers that don’t live in America. Increased exports are a key component of America’s economic recovery, which is why in 2010 President Obama committed to doubling exports by 2015.
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Nov 05 2013

Coal Anchors West Virginia Exports (Exponent Telegram)

Local exports lucrative for W.Va. economy

We’ve all heard the talk about needing to compete in the global economy.

Apparently, state companies and leaders have been listening.

Statistics show the Mountain State’s global exports are growing stronger, with a 25 percent growth noted from 2011 to 2012.

As Staff Writer Roger Adkins reported in Monday’s edition, West Virginia exported goods or natural resources to 136 countries in 2012. The costs of those exports were $11.3 billion, an increase of $2.3 billion over the previous year.

And state officials expect the future to be brighter.
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Oct 30 2013

Water Bill Helps Support Coal Exports (Dredging Today)

Posted in All News, U.S. Ports

Rahall: WRRDA to Support Job Growth (USA)

The House of Representatives has approved a major infrastructure investment bill authored by the leaders of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which strengthens the water transportation network that West Virginia coal exports and jobs depend upon. H.R. 3080, “The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013,” authorizes significant investment in the Nation’s network of inland waterways and U.S. ports to promote the efficient movement of coal and other commodities.

The bipartisan bill was crafted collaboratively by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the full Committee, and U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, the top Democrat on the Committee, and passed the House by a vote of 417 to 3.

When most people think about how our coal gets moved from the mines out to the markets, they immediately think of freight rail,” said Rahall. “While we certainly fill up our fair share of hopper cars, we are just as dependent on our Nation’s system of inland waterways and our network of ports for the transport of coal throughout the country and, indeed, the world. This legislation, approved by the House, authorizes needed funding for the modernization of these watery corridors of commerce so that our commodities can reach overseas markets efficiently and support job growth in our state.”
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Oct 30 2013

Six U.S. Senators Write in Support of Coal Exports (Platts)

Posted in All News, U.S. Ports

Senators urge Obama administration to limit rules on coal exports

Six US senators Wednesday pressed the Obama administration to limit the impact looming changes to federal environmental review rules may have on coal exports.

In a letter sent to Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works, and Nancy Sutley, chairman of the Council of Environmental Quality, the senators urged the administration to limit the expansion of National Environmental Policy Act reviews, which they claim could hurt US coal exports.

The letter was signed by Republicans David Vitter of Louisiana, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Democrats Joe Manchin of Wyoming and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
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  • “The President’s National Export Initiative should place greater public emphasis on the role coal exports are playing to help reach the White House’s goal of doubling U.S. exports.”
    — U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, January 7, 2014
  • “…we need to export more of our goods. Because the more products we make and sell to other countries, the more jobs we support right here in America…We will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support two million jobs in America…We have to seek new markets aggressively, just as our competitors are. If America sits on the sidelines while other nations sign trade deals, we will lose the chance to create jobs on our shores”
    — President Barack Obama, January 27, 2010
  • “Historically, U.S. companies seeking to expand their revenues focused first on increasing their number and share of U.S customers. For years, this focus served as a winning strategy for many of the most successful U.S. companies. Today, global economic trends make clear that successful companies are those that reach and sell to consumers outside U.S. borders and around the globe.”
    — 2011 National Export Strategy, U.S. Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee
  • “Federal regulatory agencies should not require climate change studies in the course of their permitting processes for proposed facilities. Coal will be consumed around the world regardless of U.S. trade policy. The only question is whether the coal is produced here in North America, where environmental standards are high, or elsewhere.”
    — U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, January 7, 2014
  • “At present 19% of the world’s population, 1.3 billion people, lack access to electricity and on New Policy Scenario projections there will still be 1 billion people without such access in 2030. To meet the UN Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2015, 395 million more people need access to electricity. There is a strong correlation between electrification and improvement in the United Nations’ Human Development Index.”
    — International Energy Agency, Coal Industry Advisory Board
  • “Access to electricity is strongly correlated with every measurable indicator of human development”
    — Berkeley Science Review, 2008

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