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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

Oregon Denies Permit For Controversial Coal Export Dock

EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting, August 18, 2014 By Cassandra Profita Oregon regulators announced Monday they will not issue a permit for a controversial coal export dock in Boardman. The announcement follows a fight between the Morrow Pacific coal export … Continue reading

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Yakama Nation to Coal: And Stay Out

BlueOregon | August 18, 2014 By Michael O’Leary “The Yakama Nation will not rest until the entire regional threat posed by the coal industry to our ancestral lands and waters is eradicated.” ~Yakama Nation Chairman JoDe Goudy. Governor Kitzhaber’s Department … Continue reading

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Oregon Rejects Key Permit for Coal Export Terminal

EcoWatch | August 18, 2014 By Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper The state of Oregon stood up to dirty coal exports today by denying a key dock-building permit. This denial is a major victory for residents and climate activists who have … Continue reading

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Federal judge orders Army Corps to release Ambre Energy coal terminal documents

OregonLive.com | August 14, 2014 By Rob Davis It will have taken nearly two years, but an environmental group will finally get the documents it wanted about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers review of a proposed Oregon coal export terminal. A … Continue reading

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Oregon coal, oil train expansion subsidies draw elected leaders’ opposition

OregonLive.com | August 7, 2014 By Rob Davis A group of local and state leaders is urging Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and the state’s top transportation officials not to award $6.9 million in subsidies to projects that would aid the … Continue reading

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Dirty Coal Exports Are a ‘Global Shell Game’

Common Dreams, July 28, 2014 By Deirdre Fulton Federal coal leases are essentially a major fossil fuel subsidy, Greenpeace says. U.S. coal exports and the federal coal leasing program threaten to undermine federal, state, and international efforts to reduce carbon … Continue reading

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With 18 oil trains weekly, Columbia River Gorge is the key route for Pacific Northwest’s crude-by-rail

The Oregonian, June 24, 2014 By Rob Davis Eighteen oil trains a week move along the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, newly released data shows, a figure that could more than double if a proposed Vancouver, Wash., oil … Continue reading

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