Coal http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Idaho Power Gets OK For Wyoming Coal Plant Project http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-power-gets-ok-wyoming-coal-plant-project <p>Idaho Power Co. can spend tens of millions to clean up its Wyoming coal-fired power plant and expect ratepayers to cover the project's cost, but regulators want quarterly updates on whether these emission-control investments continue to make sense as federal environmental rules change.</p><p>Announced Monday by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, the decision aims to ensure Idaho's biggest utility isn't locked into the estimated $130 million project if alternatives to coal emerge as better for ratepayers.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 22:34:59 +0000 Associated Press 36311 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Poll Finds NW Residents’ Support For Coal Eroding http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/poll-finds-nw-residents-support-coal-eroding <p></p><p>A new survey finds support for coal export terminals has dropped over the past year among Northwest residents. It also finds support for a region-wide approach to measuring the environmental impact of exporting coal.</p><p>A public opinion poll for EarthFix asked Northwest residents how they felt about transporting coal from Montana and Wyoming through the Northwest. That coal would then be exported to Asia. There are now three proposed export terminals in the region.</p><p>DHM Research surveyed 483 residents in Washington, Oregon and Idaho from Friday through Monday.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:38:57 +0000 Courtney Flatt 27606 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Poll Finds NW Residents’ Support For Coal Eroding Army Corps Says Climate Change Won't Be Part Of Northwest Coal Export Reviews http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/army-corps-says-climate-change-wont-be-part-northwest-coal-export-reviews <p>The federal agency in charge of approving Northwest coal export terminals told a congressional panel Monday it will not be considering the effects of burning coal on the climate.</p><p>The Army Corp of Engineers is overseeing the environmental review for the three terminals proposed for Washington and Oregon waterways. Together they could bring 100 million tons of coal to the Asian market from the Powder River basin of Wyoming and Montana.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 27547 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers’ Expense http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/government-report-coal-companies-are-pocketing-millions-taxpayers-expense <div id="full_story"><p></p><p>The Federal government is missing out on tens of millions of dollars in revenue from companies that mine coal on public lands.&nbsp; That’s according to a new report released by the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of the Interior.</p><p>The new report details inadequate mine inspection practices and a lack of enforcement on the part of the Bureau of Land Management.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:01:43 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 27207 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers’ Expense Anti-coal Export Groups File Legal Petition For Coal Study http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/anti-coal-export-groups-file-legal-petition-coal-study <p>The number of coal export terminals proposed for Oregon and Washington has dropped from six to three. But a dozen Northwest groups aren’t backing down from their call for a regional impact study of the coal projects.</p><p>The groups filed a legal petition Wednesday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They want the corps to study the environmental impacts of transporting coal by train and barge from mines in Montana and Wyoming to shipping terminals.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 15:23:08 +0000 Bonnie Stewart 26072 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org New Coalition Launches Against Northwest Coal Exports http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/new-coalition-launches-against-northwest-coal-exports <p>A coalition of tribal leaders and politicians gathered in Seattle Monday to announce the formation of a new group that opposes coal exports in the Northwest.</p><p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and State Representative Reuven Carlyle were among a group of Washington politicians and tribal leaders who announced the creation of the Leadership Alliance Against Coal. The group says it will work to “raise awareness about the damaging economic, cultural and health impacts of coal trains and coal exports”.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:46:44 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 24439 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org New Coalition Launches Against Northwest Coal Exports Environmental Groups Announce Plan To Sue Rail and Coal Companies Under Clean Water Act http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/environmental-groups-announce-plan-sue-rail-and-coal-companies-under-clean-water-act <p>A coalition of environmental groups that oppose exporting coal through terminals in the Northwest have announced plans to file a lawsuit against BNSF Railway and several coal companies.</p><p>The groups say coal that escapes from trains is polluting the water and should be regulated under the Clean Water Act.</p><p>Environmental groups have collected samples of black rock in waterbodies along train tracks in the Northwest and found that some of that rock is coal.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:12:29 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 23441 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Environmental Groups Announce Plan To Sue Rail and Coal Companies Under Clean Water Act A Closer Look At Coal Dust In The Northwest: Part Two http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/closer-look-coal-dust-northwest-part-two <p>For the last year EarthFix has been looking at the issue of coal being exported through the Northwest.</p><p>There are five proposed coal export terminals under consideration in Washington and Oregon. They would be built to transfer coal off of trains from Wyoming and Montana mines and on to ships bound for Asia.</p><p>Some coal dust will escape along the journey from the mines to the terminals.</p><p>The Black Thunder mine&nbsp; located near Gillette, Wyoming is one of the largest open pit mines in the world.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:44:26 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 22309 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Closer Look At Coal Dust In The Northwest: Part Two Some Experts Say Coal Dust From Trains Merits A Closer Look: Part One http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/some-experts-say-coal-dust-trains-merits-closer-look-part-one <p>There are now five coal export terminals under consideration in Washington and Oregon.<br>Environmental groups, businesses and communities along rail lines are asking questions about the potential impacts of transporting coal through the Northwest.</p><p>Some of those questions are about coal dust. How much of it will escape along the journey from Wyoming and Montana mines to the proposed export terminals on the West Coast? And how might the dust impact the health of people who live along the train routes?</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:42:01 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 22254 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Some Experts Say Coal Dust From Trains Merits A Closer Look: Part One Wyden Requests Investigation Into Royalties From Overseas Coal Sales http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/wyden-requests-investigation-royalties-overseas-coal-sales <div id="full_story"><p>Oregon Senator Ron Wyden was recently named Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. And one of his first moves was asking the administration to investigate the royalties it receives for coal mined on public land.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Bureau of Land Management owns vast reserves of coal in Wyoming and Montana. Companies like Arch Coal and Peabody Energy mine it, sell it, and pay the government its cut.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:47:48 +0000 Amelia Templeton 19407 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Wyden Requests Investigation Into Royalties From Overseas Coal Sales At Public Meeting Seattle Shows Strong Opposition To Gateway Pacific Terminal http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/public-meeting-seattle-shows-strong-opposition-gateway-pacific-terminal <p>More than 2,000 people showed up Thursday to tell regulators what they think should be considered in the environmental review of a proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Wash. If built, it could be the largest such facility on the West Coast.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:57:37 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 18061 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org At Public Meeting Seattle Shows Strong Opposition To Gateway Pacific Terminal Poll Finds Northwesterners Support Coal Export Proposals http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/poll-finds-northwesterners-support-coal-export-proposals <p>A new poll finds that most residents in the Northwest are supportive of transporting coal through the region for export to Asia. DHM Research conducted the poll for Earthfix.</p><p>&quot;Obama, rein in your regs.&quot;<br />That was on a sign that Wyatt Fitch held up when the President visited Portland this week.</p><p>Fitch was showing his support for proposed coal export terminals in Oregon.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:51:25 +0000 Amelia Templeton 10581 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Poll Finds Northwesterners Support Coal Export Proposals Recent Eastern Washington Coal Spill Raises Questions About Proposed Increased Exports http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/recent-eastern-washington-coal-spill-raises-questions-about-proposed-increased-exports <p>This week crews are cleaning up about 30 train cars full of coal that overturned near Mesa, in Eastern Washington. The accident has raised questions about proposed increased train shipments of coal through the nearby Columbia River Gorge.</p><p>Huge machinery had to be trucked in from the Tri-Cities to clean up the black dusty mess in the rural burg east of Yakima. Car loads of coal overturned and damaged the tracks there.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 21:03:09 +0000 Anna King 9391 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Recent Eastern Washington Coal Spill Raises Questions About Proposed Increased Exports Spokane Has Concerns Over Proposed Coal Terminals http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/spokane-has-concerns-over-proposed-coal-terminals <p>The prospect of trains carrying a mile-long string of coal cars has some Spokane area residents concerned.&nbsp;Proposals to build coal shipping terminals on the Washington coast to ship coal to China could have an impact on the Spokane region.&nbsp;The coal would be shipped from Wyoming via train, and those trains would come right through the city of Spokane.</p><p>The plan has many concerned about what the impact would be.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:12:45 +0000 Steve Jackson 3975 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Spokane Has Concerns Over Proposed Coal Terminals Anti-Coal Protesters Take Message To Top Oregon Officials http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/anti-coal-protesters-take-message-top-oregon-officials <p>Environmental groups are mobilizing against proposals to export coal through Northwest terminals. That coal would be mined in the Rockies and&nbsp;travel by&nbsp;train&nbsp;across Idaho to Oregon and Washington&nbsp;ports to be shipped to Asia.<span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;Protesters rallied in Oregon&rsquo;s capital Monday. They&#39;re asking Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber to block permits for several coal terminals.</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:09:41 +0000 Chris Lehman 3913 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Anti-Coal Protesters Take Message To Top Oregon Officials Coal Train Traffic Increase Could Be Bad News For Health http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/coal-train-traffic-increase-could-be-bad-news-health <p>There are now six new export terminals proposed to be built along the Northwest coast. The goal? To bring American coal to Asia, via train and ship.</p><p>If these terminals are approved that could mean more than 100 million tons of coal traveling by rail across Idaho, Washington and Oregon every year.</p><p>The potential for more train traffic has public health experts concerned.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:09:51 +0000 Courtney Flatt/Ashley Ahearn 3258 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Coal Train Traffic Increase Could Be Bad News For Health