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May 27 2014

Coal Export Project Held to Unfair Standards (The Oregonian)

Posted in All News, U.S. Ports

Morrow Pacific coal project has been treated unfairly: Guest opinion

By John Mohlis, Robert Keyser and Don Russell

Oregon’s regulatory and permitting standards were designed to protect our natural landscapes and unique quality of life, while allowing economic development projects that meet our high standards to proceed. Regulators must balance environmental and economic interests, and do so with impartiality, fairness and discipline.

The challenge of maintaining that balance is significant, and we write today to voice concern that it has slipped. Specifically, we have observed an increasingly politicized permitting process for the Morrow Pacific project, a proposed coal export project.

The Morrow Pacific project was designed to minimize impact to the environment and leverage our ports and export and manufacturing sectors by investing in rural counties. The project represents a capital investment of more than $242 million in Oregon, creating more than 2,100 construction jobs and 1,000 operations jobs.

In February of this year the project was granted three permits from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) – a signal that it meets state standards.
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Apr 15 2014

Oregon Issues Key Coal Export Permit (Heartland)

Posted in All News, U.S. Ports

Oregon Issues Key Permits for Coal Export Terminal

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued three key permits for a proposed coal export facility in Boardman, Oregon, but Ambre Energy still must obtain at least one additional state permit and a separate state lands lease before it can build and operate its Morrow Pacific terminal on Coyote Island.

Expanding Low-Sulfur Coal Markets
The Morrow Pacific terminal is one of three proposed projects in the U.S. Northwest for shipping American coal overseas. The terminal would allow Montana and Wyoming low-sulfur coal to reach overseas markets where the coal is in high demand. The low-sulfur coal will allow developing nations to reduce power plant pollution at a reasonable cost.

In the United States, sale of the coal will boost the Montana and Wyoming economies, as well as the economies of Oregon and Washington, where the coal terminals would operate.
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Mar 25 2014

Montana Eyes Impact Fund to Support Coal Exports Expansion (Billings Gazette)

State coal funds could be tapped for rail crossings

A coal impact fund already on the books could be tapped to help Montana cities deal with an anticipated increase in the number of coal trains bound for the Pacific Northwest.

Montana Senate Majority Leader Jeff Essmann, R-Billings, told The Gazette he would like to see the state’s coal impact fund used on projects like railroad crossings in Montana cities affected by coal trains. Rail traffic is expected to increase in coming years as coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming is shipped to the Pacific Northwest for export to China.
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Mar 21 2014

Coal Exports Growing in U.S. (Wall Street Journal)

The New Future for American Coal: Export It

Consol Energy Shipped 10 Million Tons Through Baltimore Facility; The ‘Million Dollar Mile’ Train

BALTIMORE—For Consol Energy Inc.,  a key to profiting from its coal is the sprawling terminal more than 200 miles from its mines on the Chesapeake Bay.

At 8:20 on a recent morning, a ship loaded with 134,000 tons of the combustible black rocks embarked from the terminal and headed to South Korea, where they will be fed into blast furnaces belonging to Posco,  the world’s fifth largest steelmaker.

At noon the same day, a second ship with 30,000 tons of coal headed for a mill in Brazil owned by ArcelorMittal, the world’s top steelmaker, while crews on the ground unloaded rail cars filled with coal destined for Japan’s Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.

As environmental restrictions and abundant natural gas reduce coal consumption at home, exports have become more important for U.S. mining companies. U.S. coal shipments outside the country in 2014 are expected to surpass 100 million tons for the third year, a record string. A high level of exports helps keep the domestic supply in line with demand and helps prevent U.S. prices from tanking.
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Mar 19 2014

U.S. Coal Exports Increase Through Vancouver Port (Platts)

Vancouver’s Westshore coal exports total 4.5 million mt in January, February

Westshore Terminals in Vancouver, British Columbia, exported 4.5 million mt of coal in the first two months of 2014, compared with 3.4 million mt in the same period last year, according to figures released Wednesday.

The terminal said it expects first-quarter volumes to total 7.2 million mt, compared with 6.1 million mt Q1 2013.
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    – Dave Banks, Special Assistant to President Donald Trump for International Energy, June 2017
  • “It is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation's vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation. Moreover, the prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation's geopolitical security.”
    – Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, March 28, 2017
  • “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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