Kinder Morgan drops plans to build coal export terminal at Port of St. Helens industrial park

The Oregonian, May 8, 2013
By Scott Learn

A coal train moves through the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Coal miners are hoping to boost Asian exports through Northwest Ports. Photo: Scott Learn, The Oregonian

A coal train moves through the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Coal miners are hoping to boost Asian exports through Northwest Ports. Photo: Scott Learn, The Oregonian

Terminal developer Kinder Morgan will not go forward with a proposal to export coal to Asia from the Port Westward industrial park on the Columbia River, a company spokesman said this morning.  Kinder Morgan’s Allen Fore attributed the decision not to seek permits for a coal export terminal to site logistics at the Port of St. Helens industrial park, not the controversy over coal.

“We looked at multiple options and different footprints, but we couldn’t find one compatible with the facility we wanted to construct,” Fore said.

Kinder Morgan’s decision knocks another controversial Northwest coal export proposal off the table, leaving three still under consideration, one near Bellingham, Wash., one in Longview, Wash., and one in Boardman.

Kinder Morgan’s decision knocks another controversial Northwest coal export proposal off the table, leaving three still under consideration, one near Bellingham, Wash., one in Longview, Wash., and one in Boardman.

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Coal is rearing its head again the Columbia Gorge. The new threat comes in the form of proposals to export coal from Wyoming to coal-fired power plants in China. The coal would be transported via uncovered rail cars through the Columbia Gorge. Many Columbia Gorge Communities in Oregon and Washington support a coal-free world, beginning at home, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, recognizing the importance of people determining what materials are allowable for transport through their communities and watersheds. This blog exists to communicate and advocate for the public interest in issues pertaining to coal transport in the Columbia River Gorge, providing an online outlet for honest discussion and information. To inform and unite local citizens about the damaging effects of coal transport through our communities. To endorse positive and considerate dialogue with the aim of mutual understanding among diverse parties. CLEAN AIR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES NO COAL EXPORTS STOP COAL IN ITS TRACKS
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