Coal money takes a side (conservative) on Whatcom charter review

By Ralph Schwartz, The Bellingham Herald October 20, 2014 5:54 p.m.

BELLINGHAM — Thousands of dollars from the company proposing a coal-export terminal at Cherry Point have been funneled to the campaigns of conservative candidates in an obscure Whatcom County election.

Washougal councilors reach no consensus on oil trains

By Justin Runquist October 13, 2014 9:59 p.m.

WASHOUGAL — If there's one certainty about where Washougal councilors stand on a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, it's that everyone's uneasy about increasing oil train traffic through the city.

Washougal will review oil terminal opposition

By Justin Runquist October 12, 2014 6:25 p.m.

The Washougal City Council is preparing to take up a resolution opposing a plan to build the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the Northwest at the Port of Vancouver.

Oregon rejects Wyoming's appeal of coal port

By Associated Press October 3, 2014 12:57 p.m.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Oregon Department of State Lands has denied an appeal by the State of Wyoming over Oregon's rejection of a proposed coal terminal on the Columbia River.

N.D. regulators consider oil stabilization policy  

By Eric Florip September 26, 2014 7:05 p.m.

Most Clark County residents don't pay close attention to the North Dakota Industrial Commission. But the three-member regulatory body has the authority to influence something increasingly familiar to Southwest Washington and the Northwest: oil trains.

Study: Washington, Oregon invest in fossil fuel projects

By Aaron Corvin September 17, 2014 5:45 p.m.

State investment boards in Washington and Oregon are "bankrolling" oil, coal and gas infrastructure, a new analysis asserts, despite public calls by those states' governors to shift to renewables to fight global climate change.

Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press September 15, 2014 7:51 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells.

Montana coal mine deal aims to boost Asian exports

By Associated Press September 15, 2014 12:06 p.m.

BILLINGS, Mont. — Coal companies have finalized a deal that consolidates ownership of a Montana mine and gives a Wyoming company an option to export coal through Washington state.

Vancouver City Council passes oil moratorium

By Stephanie Rice September 11, 2014 9:36 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council on Thursday unanimously passed an emergency six-month moratorium on new or expanded facilities that would accept crude oil.

Montana coal mine deal aims to boost Asian exports

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press September 4, 2014 3:25 p.m.

BILLINGS, Mont. — Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast.

5 protesters who blocked oil train arrested

By DOUG ESSER, Associated Press September 2, 2014 7:02 p.m.

SEATTLE — Five people were arrested Tuesday after tying themselves to poles erected over the railroad tracks at a BNSF Railway yard in Everett that about a dozen demonstrators blocked to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.

B.C. coal port wins approval, plans to open in fall 2015

By Ralph Schwartz, The Bellingham Herald August 25, 2014 4:52 p.m.

BELLINGHAM — A coal port just across the Canadian border received a major approval Thursday and expects to open in fall 2015.

Coal foes to keep up fight after big victory

By Ralph Schwartz, The Bellingham Herald August 20, 2014 6 a.m.

BELLINGHAM — Whatcom County and Seattle declared a victory in their regional fight against coal terminals, after the state of Oregon on Monday rejected a permit for construction of the Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River.

Oregon agency rejects coal terminal on Columbia River

By STEVEN DuBOIS, Associated Press August 18, 2014 6:19 p.m.

PORTLAND — Oregon state regulators have rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia.

Feds close probe of deadly Tesoro blast

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press August 15, 2014 10:26 p.m.

SEATTLE — The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes.