Politics Fueling Washington State Coal Export Embargo

Real Clear Energy | Demetrios Karoutsos | July 27, 2018 In his first press conference as Washington governor, Jay Inslee tipped his hand about his negative views on coal. Thus, it probably did not take many by surprise when his administration blocked a project to export coal mined in Montana and Wyoming from a Washington […]

American Farm Bureau takes on Washington over coal port

Capital Press | Don Jenkins | May 8, 2018 The American Farm Bureau Federation has accused Washington of hijacking national trade and foreign policies by refusing to let Powder River Basin coal pass through the state on its way to Asia. The Farm Bureau, joined by other industry organizations, made the claim in a brief […]

Trade groups back suit against Wash. for denying port

E&E News | Dylan Brown | May 3, 2018 Four of the nation’s top industry trade groups today urged a federal court to lift Washington state’s blockade of a proposed coal export terminal. The National Mining Association, National Association of Manufacturers, American Farm Bureau Federation and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a “friend of […]

State’s rhetoric doesn’t align with actions

The Daily News | Editorial Board | April 7, 2018 On Monday, State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz announced a new effort to boost Washington’s rural economies. Her “Rural Communities Partnership Initiative” is kicking off with the announcement of four initiatives that include a $1 million boat recycling facility and a $1 million research project into the […]

Common sense needed on regulatory issues

The Daily News Longview | Jeff Wilson, Port of Longview Commissioner | 3/1/18 The time has come for the return of common sense to our regulatory process. For more than five years, I have watched as state and federal officials have stalled regulatory reviews on major projects that would bring family-wage jobs, increased tax revenue […]

Oregon Building Trades Council Resolution in support of the Vancouver Energy Terminal

RESOLUTION TO THE 2017 OREGON STATE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL CONVENTION Resolution to Support the Vancouver Energy Terminal WHEREAS Vancouver Energy will safely and efficiently transfer North American crude oil from rail to ship for distribution to West Coast refineries where it will be converted into transportation fuels for American families and businesses; and […]

The Spokesman-Review – Knezovich, railroads tout rail safety as Spokane coal, oil train activists close in on ballot measure

The Spokesman-Review | April 20, 2017 By Kip Hill Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and representatives of the two railroads shipping coal and oil through downtown on Thursday detailed their work ensuring safe transport of the commodities. “We have been running tabletop exercises, as far as potential disasters and everything else,” Knezovich said in the […]

The Daily News (Longview) – Initial thoughts

The Daily News Longview | May 3, 2017 Millennium Bulk Terminals’ final state environmental impact statement was issued last Friday and we have some initial thoughts to share. Our view can be summarized in one word – disappointing. After five years and $15 million, the final state EIS is disappointing because it appears the state […]

Act Rationally, Not Rashly, Following Shipping Accidents

Morning Consult, Mark Chubb, 7/15/16 The recent oil train crash in Oregon has renewed calls for a ban on shipping crude by rail.  But while calling for a ban on oil rail shipments might make for good politics, the reality is that such a ban is so impractical that proposals to do so are dead […]

Editorial: Renewing overdue bids would refuel economy

The Spokesman-Review, July 24, 2015 – An overdue bid to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund could be the vehicle for renewal of the Export-Import Bank charter. Refueling both would boost the economy. Absent congressional action, the trust fund, which finances the maintenance of crumbling highways and bridges, runs out of money July 31. The House, which […]