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Imbler writes: "Washington state has blocked plans for the nation's biggest coal export terminal. The Millennium Bulk Terminals project - proposed to be built in Longview, Washington, along the Columbia River - would have exported up to 44 million tons of coal a year from Montana and Wyoming to Asia."

Coal being loaded onto a ship at a port. (photo: AP)
Coal being loaded onto a ship at a port. (photo: AP)

Washington State Has Blocked Plans for the Nation's Largest Coal Export Terminal

By Sabrina Imbler, Grist

06 January 17


Washington state has blocked plans for the nation’s biggest coal export terminal.

he Millennium Bulk Terminals project — proposed to be built in Longview, Washington, along the Columbia River — would have exported up to 44 million tons of coal a year from Montana and Wyoming to Asia.

Washington’s outgoing public lands commissioner, Peter Goldmark, refused to lease state aquatic lands for the project — perhaps inspired by the not-so-lame-duck moves of our outgoing president.

The terminal’s backers say they will keep trying to move forward, but opponents of the terminal believe this move will kill the project. It’s another stiff blow to the Northwest’s besieged fossil fuel industry; a number of other proposed fossil fuel export projects in the region have been killed in recent years.

The decision marks an auspicious start to climate action in 2017, as states take the lead in the face of a hostile incoming administration.

It’s also a remarkable win for local environmentalists and tribes, including the Swinomish Tribe, Yakama Nation, and Lummi Nation, who have been fighting coal exports. JoDe Goudy, chair of the Yakama Nation, said, “Today’s decision is indeed the final nail in the coffin of this project, but we must remain focused on projects that will continue to develop.” your social media marketing partner


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+13 # librarian1984 2017-01-06 10:23
Excellent. This is not the first defeat of fossil fuel interests. We need to keep the pressure on, make it a hassle and an expense. It's also a great opportunity for conservatives to recommit to state sovereignty!

Solar power is now cheaper than fossil fuel energy but needs distribution infrastructure. Robert Kennedy Jr says the Dakotas could supply 60% of the country's power with wind!

Fossil fuel companies have begun to diversify. We need to carrot-and-stic k the hastening of that transition, stop fracking.

Thank you, Mr. Goldmark!
+12 # reiverpacific 2017-01-06 11:24
Thankfully, Washington and Oregon are two of the more progressive (by US standards at least) states and the mighty Columbia River separates them.
Oregon has already had the former Trojan nuclear plant closed some years ago by years of dedicated protest and resistance.
Thankfully this is a continuation of that attitude to fossil fuel transport.
Young people from both states and the tribes were suspending themselves en masse in a close line from the St John's Bridge low enough to stop and ships passing.
If I'd've been younger, I would ha' been right there with them.
+4 # DongiC 2017-01-06 13:43
The far west is emerging as one of the leaders of the ecology movement as the states pick up for a national government still mired in denial. Boy, what we could with someone like Teddy Roosevelt at the helm. I think we better find someone like him and soon.
+2 # Radscal 2017-01-06 16:04
Teddy did some great stuff on the environmental and anti-corporate monopoly fronts.

But he was a strong proponent of US Empire who was not just willing but anxious to employ great military violence to impose our will.
+1 # Activista 2017-01-06 15:31
I am glad to live in the Washington State - exporting raw fossil fuels to China is not a good economy - seeing hundreds oil cars going to the West is very depressing.
Power of Powerless - change politics locally - from the bottom.
0 # Jaax88 2017-01-07 22:32
This is great for Washington State. Shades of Standing Rock and the Keystone XL pipeline united actions. The people have spoken. Power to the people.

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