Could Coal Exports Run Through Vancouver Port?

EarthFix, Oregon Public Broadcasting, July 16, 2013
By Bonnie Stewart

U.S. coal exports are up, but the coal isn’t leaving the country through Pacific Northwest ports. Not yet.

To date, Washington and Oregon have fielded six proposals for coal export terminals. Three of the projects are still active and moving through the environmental permitting process.

Those export terminals would provide the shortest route to top destinations for Western coal; places like South Korea and China. But building the terminals will take years.

There is, however, one port in the Pacific Northwest that doesn’t have a coal export terminal in the works — but does have just about everything needed to ship coal to Asia.

This bird's eye view of the Port of Vancouver clearly shows the port's new Terminal 5 and the rail loop that surrounds it. Photo credit: Port of Vancouver

This bird’s eye view of the Port of Vancouver clearly shows the port’s new Terminal 5 and the rail loop that surrounds it. Photo credit: Port of Vancouver

That’s the Port of Vancouver in southwestern Washington.

Right now, the high-profile commodity being considered for the Port of Vancouver is oil. The port’s commissioners are set to vote this month on a proposal from Tesoro-Savage to handle up to 360,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It’s a development that’s under the cloud of a deadly oil-train crash in Quebec.

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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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