Coal companies want to ship coal, strip mined from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, through the Pacific Northwest. Six new export terminals had been proposed to transport and sell coal to the Asian market. Grays Harbor was shelved when RailAmerica studies concluded that more lucrative commodities that could be exported from this terminal.* The remaining proposals would still ship 140 million tons each year on trains as long as a mile and a half. Together, these proposals would more than double American coal exports. Listed below are the proposed terminals still under consideration and the communities around the sites that stand to be impacted.
BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON (Cherry Point) – GATEWAY PACIFIC TERMINAL
Serviced by BSNF rails
Company: SSA Marine and Peabody Energy
est. coal: 24-48 million tons per year
Serviced by BNSF rails or Port of Morrow barging along the Columbia River.
Company: Millennium Bulk (Ambre Energy + Arch Coal)
est. coal: 44 million tons per year
PORT of MORROW, OREGON (Rail to Barge Transfer Facility)
Serviced by Union Pacific rails along the Columbia River.
Company: Ambre Energy
Est. coal: 8 millions tons per year
ST. HELENS, OREGON (Port Westward)
Serviced by Union Pacific rails or Port of Morrow barging along the Columbia River
at Port westward industrial park near Clatskanie
Company: Kinder Morgan
Est. coal: 30 million tons per year
COOS BAY, OREGON
Serviced by Union Pacific and shortlines.
Only known as “Project Mainstay”
Est. Coal: 6 to 10 million tons per year