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Aug 19 2015

Coal Export Lawsuit Settled (SNL Energy)

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Environmental challenge to La. coal terminal settles out of court

Environmental activists targeting a coal export terminal in Louisiana under the Clean Water Act moved to settle out of court Aug. 18 after the facility’s backers agreed to a series of financial and environmental protection obligations.

The parties filed a consent decree on Aug. 18, appealing for a stay to the case under an agreement that United Bulk Terminals Davant, LLC would meet a collection of requirements laid out in the settlement.
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May 12 2015

Montana Benefits from Asian Energy Demand (Hungry Horse News)

Asian countries are hungry for Montana energy

By ALAN OLSON

At the recent Asia Montana Energy Summit, organized by the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, two points of emphasis stood out. First, economies in Asia are rapidly expanding but rely on imported energy to supply growing demand.

And second, energy-rich and strategically located Montana stands to benefit greatly by supplying energy to meet a portion of this demand. But in order to realize that opportunity, the United States needs to address transportation constraints and political opposition that have hampered growth in energy exports.

Demand for coal in Asia has increased by 400 percent in the last two decades, and the demand growth curve is only accelerating. Asian imports of coal are projected by the International Energy Agency to increase an additional 65 percent by 2040. Simply put, coal has been the fastest-growing source of energy in the world of late and is projected to continue to grow the fastest in the near term.

Of course, Asian countries are also rapidly expanding renewable capacities as quickly as possible. But without some unforeseen technological breakthrough, renewables can only meet a fraction of the increase in demand that is forecast over the next few decades.

As home to the largest coal reserves in the United States, Montana could benefit greatly from supplying a portion of the coal that the growing Asian market demands. And as the closest coal-producing state to the Pacific Coast, Montana enjoys a competitive advantage in marginally lower transportation costs.
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Apr 01 2015

Proposed Coal Export Terminal Receives Key Oregon Permit (Associated Press)

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Coal export terminal gets water-quality approval from Oregon

Oregon environmental regulators have ruled that proposed coal export terminal on the Columbia River meets state and federal water-quality standards, but the project still faces an adverse ruling from another state agency and questions about its economics in a slumping coal market.

The state Department of Environmental Quality issued a water-quality certification Tuesday to the proposed Coyote Island Terminal at Boardman, The East Oregonian reported.

The terminal would receive coal arriving by rail from Montana and Wyoming and put it on barges.

Downriver, the barges would be offloaded at another terminal, and the coal put on oceangoing vessels, bound for Asia.

Shipments to the Boardman terminal could total 8.8 million tons a year.
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Mar 31 2015

Montana Lawmakers Gear Up to Fight for Coal Exports (SNL)

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Mont. lawmakers push back on West Coast coal opponents
Montana lawmakers have unveiled a pair of bills aimed at pushing back and punishing coal opposition in West Coast states.

The bills come in response to recent setbacks and opposition to coal-related projects in Washington and represent a more aggressive response from state leaders advocating on behalf of Montana’s coal interests.

On the House side, three lawmakers have presented a bill that would allocate $1 million toward “litigation to improve and protect the state’s access to and growth in domestic and international markets for its products and natural resources, including energy and other legislation.”

While not explicit in its text, one of the co-sponsors of the bill recently wrote in an editorial that it is intended to challenge any “attempts by states like Washington to undermine our industries,” specifically mentioning the state’s coal industry. In recent months, Washington and Oregon have proposed bills that would limit each state’s coal consumption, leading to sharp responses from Western coal-producing states like Montana and Wyoming.
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Mar 31 2015

Asia-Montana Energy Summit Discusses Coal Exports (The Missoulian)

US, Asian, Canadian energy officials to attend Missoula summit

VIPs from five nations will join Montana’s congressional delegation and the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission next month to discuss foreign and domestic energy and what its future holds.

The Asia-Montana Energy Summit on April 29-30 includes some big names in the business, and it leans on Montana’s strong trade ties with China, Japan, South Korea and Canada.

“Our coal goes to the Asian markets, and we already have an agricultural and cultural relationship,” said Robert Seidenschwarz, board chairman for the Montana World Affairs Council. “We want to show what Montana, both resourcewise and with its human capital, has to offer. It has a direct correlation to trade.”
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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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