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Vancouver magnate Jim Pattison bets on coal exports

Brent Jang, The Globe and Mail, Nov 29 2015

VANCOUVER — Vancouver billionaire Jim Pattison has been steadily buying shares in Westshore Terminals Investment Corp. over the past three years, even as the coal industry’s slump deepens.

Déjà vu – again? Another omnibus budget bill, more federal environmental law rollbacks

Andrew Gage and Anna Johnston, West Coast Environmental Law, December 10, 2014

City needs to step up over coal port: delegation

Katya Slepian, Alberni Valley News, Nov 13, 2014

The City of Port Alberni has taken a proactive step with regard to the re-application by Compliance Coal’s Raven coal project.

VTACC issues notice of legal challenge of Texada Island coal export permit approval

News Release, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, May 15 2014

Challenge will argue use of Mines Act to issue coal port permit illegal, process unfair

Shipping coal to China pollutes air in B.C.

Calvin Sandborn, Kyle McNeill & Rosie Jacobs, Vancouver Sun, April 15, 2014

Ship it today, breathe it tomorrow

Company looks to upgrade railway

Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Times, February 7, 2014

Southern Railway hopes to bring trains back the Alberni Valley if the Raven coal mine gets approval

Trucking only option for mine

Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Time, Jan 22 2014

Company behind the Raven coal mine estimates railway transport to Valley would cost $300 million

The proposed Raven coal mine would increase traffic through Cathedral Grove by three loaded trucks an hour, but bring 70 jobs to the Alberni Valley, says the mining company's vice-president.

Wall Street Giant Backs Away From Washington Coal Export Project

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Jan 7 2014

A multinational banking giant is backing away from a proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export project near Bellingham, Washington.

New York-based Goldman Sachs has sold its stock back to the companies proposing to build the Gateway Pacific Terminal. If built it would transfer 48 million tons of Wyoming coal each year from trains to ocean-going vessels bound for Asia.

Washington coal export project dumped by Goldman Sachs

John Upton, Grist, Jan 8 2013

Goldman Sachs is looking a tad less evil. It has dumped its holdings in a shaky project that would build the Gateway Pacific Terminal near Bellingham, Wash., intended to be the West Coast’s biggest coal export terminal.

It’s not that the banking giant discovered a soul. Rather, it’s realizing that coal projects in the U.S. are a dumb gamble. Last year, the group’s commodity research team warned of “a sharp deceleration in seaborne demand” for coal in a paper titled “The window for thermal coal investment is closing.”

Behind The Corps/ Ecology Break Up Over Coal

Ashley Ahearn, Earthfix, Sep 9 2013

As some of you may have seen, the Army Corps made a pretty major announcement on Friday last week that largely slipped under the radar - mainly because they didn’t notify the news media.

The announcement was that the corps will be conducting a separate environmental review of the Millennium Bulk Export Terminal from the state Department of Ecology. The terminal is proposed to be built near Longview, Wash and would handle 44 million tons of coal per year.

Washington approach to coal superior

Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun, Associated Press, August 2, 2013

State more likely to consult public and consider impacts

A two-year statewide environmental study on exporting millions of tons of coal through a terminal north of Seattle contrasts sharply with what's being done in B.C. as the province debates increased coal exports, according to provincial environment groups.

Coal foes aim to draw cruise ships into fight with port

Jeff Nagel, Peace Arch News, June 26, 2013

Anti-coal activists have trained their crosshairs on the cruise ship industry as a way to exert more pressure on Port Metro Vancouver to block expanded coal exports.

Metro votes to oppose new coal terminal on Fraser River

Jeff Nagel, Surrey North Delta Leader, June 14, 2013

Metro Vancouver's board has dealt a blow to a proposed new coal export terminal in Surrey, voting 21-4 to oppose the project that has been under steady fire from both climate change activists and concerned neighbours.

Global: Coal Train, a multipart series on coal in BC

Video shows coal dust spewing from train in B.C.

A resident of Rosedale, B.C. is concerned about the “ludacris” amount of dust coming off coal trains recently, and has caught the pollution on video. Continue reading?


Global Coal Train 1 of 4: Coal Demand in BC

Jas Johal, Global News, June 10 2013

In part one of a four part series on coal, reporter Jas Johal looks at the demand for coal in BC, which is booming but not everyone wants to see the industry expand.

Ridley Terminals in Prince Rupert accused of dumping coal in the ocean

Martina Perry, The Northern View, May 29, 2013

While Ridley Terminals undertakes a multi-million dollar expansion to double its coal-handling capacity, new evidence shows current operations may be damaging the marine environment of Hecate Strait.

Raven Coal Project fails the test on First Nations consultation

Shayne Morrow, Ha-Shilth-Sa, May 22, 2013

The proponents of the Raven Underground Coal Project have failed to address the issue of aboriginal rights and title, according to Tseshaht First Nation.

On May 16, the provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) informed Compliance Coal Corporation CEO John Tapics that his application for an environmental assessment certificate failed to meet the requirements to move to the detailed review stage.

Another Northwest coal export project falls by the wayside; Kinder Morgan drops Oregon terminal plan

Scott Learn, The Oregonian, May 8 2013

Terminal developer Kinder Morgan on Wednesday dropped its proposal to export coal to Asia from a Columbia River port near Clatskanie.

The company's decision means three of the six coal export terminals originally proposed in Oregon and Washington have gone by the wayside. It also significantly reduces the potential for coal train traffic through Portland.

Coal Exports: Two Weeks of Good News

, Sightline Institute, April 3, 2013

Bad news for coal exports, good news for everyone else.

This post is part of the research project: Northwest Coal Exports

It’s been a busy—and from my standpoint, mostly heartening—few weeks on the coal export front. When you string together all the new developments, there are more and more signs that coal export proposals are on the ropes.

Here’s a quick summary of the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Fortnight for would-be Pacific Northwest coal exporters:

Shellfish group asks for support against Raven

The Alberni Valley Times, March 28, 2013

The B.C. Shellfish Growers' Association executive director Roberta Stevenson asked city council for support against the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project on Monday.

NW governors ask White House to exam coal exports

Phuong Le, Associated Press, Seattle PI, March 25, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) — The governors of Washington and Oregon are urging the White House to evaluate the effects of greenhouse gasses that would be emitted elsewhere if the nation's coal is exported.

B.C.'s coal industry expansion plans face opposition

CBC News, March 12, 2013

Port Metro Vancouver has approved the expansion of a coal facility in North Vancouver and is looking for a new facility to be built in Surrey, but the plans are generating opposition from regional mayors, environmentalists and residents.

Nine reasons China won’t need enough coal to justify coal ports in the Pacific Northwest

U.S. coal companies claim that exporting low-grade coal from the Powder River Basin through ports in the Pacific Northwest to Asia is big business, a sure thing, easily worth the pollution and disruption the new coal infrastructure would cause. Their case to investors, local communities, and state regulators is based on a simple premise: China’s demand for coal is steady and rising. And that does seem to be the conventional wisdom.

Coal’s not usual business

David Stern, Alberni Valley Times, Feb 28 2013

There was an interesting moment at Monday’s council meeting regarding the proposed Raven Coal mine. Councillor Jack McLeman brought a motion to have discussions with the Port Authority, Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations, the ACRD and last but surely not least the public about the implications of Raven Coal using Port Alberni’s port to dump, store and ship about a million tonnes of coal per year.

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