Category Archives: Coal

Trump’s Rollback of America’s Energy Infrastructure Takes A Giant Leap Today

By Roy L Hales

America’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees the development of approximately 570 million acres where there are coal deposits. Less than 1% of that is currently under development.1 That is about to change. President Donald Trump’s rollback of America’s energy infrastructure takes a giant leap today.

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  1. FEDERAL COAL PROGRAM, Programatic Environmental Impact Statement – Scoping Report, Bureau of Land Management, January 2017, p Es-1

EPA Calls Federal Review Of Longview Coal Terminal Inadequate

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1In what may soon be the type of action relegated to history, on November 29 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criticized the U.S. Army Corps draft environmental impact statement for what could be the the largest coal export terminal in North America, “because it fails to consider adverse impacts from the project.”  The EPA calls federal review of Longview Coal Terminal inadequate.

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Whatcom County Imposed 60 Day Moratorium On Unrefined Oil Projects

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere were good reasons to exempt railroads from local control when they were first built across North America, but that has changed. The railways might never have been built, if the had not been protected from a multitude of municipal taxes and regulations. There are different challenges today. The question is whether local communities have a right to decide what projects make sense for them. This is the central issue behind the council vote Tuesday night, when Whatcom County imposed 60 day moratorium on unrefined oil projects.

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Port Metro Vancouver Dismissed Criticisms

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAccording to Port Metro Vancouver, building a second Robert’s Bank terminal “would play a vital strategic role in Canada’s trade through the Asia-Pacific Gateway.” When it reaches full capacity, the terminal will received up to 260 container ship calls per year. There has been much opposition to this project but, in its’  Addendum To the Environmental Statement, Port Metro Vancouver dismissed criticisms.
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America’s Next Fossil Fuel Superhighway

Part One: Coal

By Roy L Hales

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Two years ago, there were 6 proposed coal port terminals in the Pacific Northwest. That was when Governors Jay Inslee of Washington and John Kitzhaber of Oregon issued a joint statement opposing, “the decisions to continue and expand coal leasing from federal lands and authorize the export of that coal are likely to lead to long-term investments in coal generation in Asia, with air quality and climate impacts in the United States that dwarf almost any other action the federal government could take in the foreseeable future.” Only 2 of those 6 coal projects are still under consideration. Millennium Bulk Terminals is one of seven proposed facilities that could transform the Columbia River into America’s next fossil fuel superhighway.
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Second Municipality Applied for Intervenor Status

The ECOreport looks into the ongoing dispute over BC’s proposed coal terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks, a Second Municipality Applied for Intervenor Status

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A second municipality applied for intervener status in the legal challenge against the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Transfer Facility. After reviewing the information, New Westminster has joined Surrey in applying for intervenor status. White Rock is also considering joining the suit. A number of other Lower Mainland municipalities previously expressed concerns about the way Port Metro Vancouver was conducting its review of the proposed facility. After the coal facility was approved, Ecojustice filed filed an application for judicial review of the permit approval on behalf of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC), Communities & Coal, and two individual citizens.

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Four Questions About BC’s Coal Policies

The ECOreport asks the provincial Ministry of Energy & Mines four questions about BC’s coal policies

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1I recently asked the provincial government four questions about BC’s Coal Policies. Instead of answering the first three, their spokesperson replied, “I suggest you direct these questions to Port Metro Vancouver.” Only most of these questions were connected to the provincial Ministry of Energy and Mines decision to grant the Lafarge Canada facility on Texada Island a permit amendment so that it can handle up to 8 million tonnes of US thermal coal every year.

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51 BC faith Leaders Against Texada Coal Port Expansion

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Fifty one of BC’s faith leaders have written Christy Clark an open letter requesting she reconsider her decision to approve the expansion of coal facilities on Texada Island. This follows the discovery, last month, that the provincial government secretly approved a plan to expand for a tenfold to twentyfold increase of the material being exported to China. They wrote that coal is “the fossil fuel most directly linked to the rise of CO2 emissions in China” and “making money at the expense of the health and prosperity of the planet is wrong.”
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Will the Fraser Surrey Docks Expansion Bring Aerosolized Coal Dust?

The ECOreport looks into the question: Will the Fraser Surrey Docks Expansion Bring Aerosolized Coal Dust?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though Port Metro Vancouver is expected to release its final decision about the Fraser Surrey Docks next month, there is little doubt that the proposal will be approved. An estimated four million tonnes per year of thermal coal will soon be coming up from the US. Will the Fraser Surrey Docks Expansion Bring Aerosolized Coal Dust?
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