Terminated Coal Terminals– Dead or Dying

1)  The most recent victory in the fight to halt the export of millions of tons of Powder River Basin coal each year came on May 8, 2013 when Kinder-Morgan decided to walk away from plans for a massive export terminal near Clatskanie, Oregon along the Columbia River.  This terminal would have exported 15 to 30 million tons of coal overseas per year, turning the Columbia into a coal chute and threatening cities and towns along the river with arsenic- and mercury laden coal dust (Content courtesy of Columbia Riverkeeper).

The evening before Kinder Morgan’s decision, the Scappoose’s City Council passed a resolution of concern regarding coal trains. “And a Port of St. Helens proposal to expand Port Westward by 957 acres drew roughly 100 opponents to a hearing, with many concerned the expansion could be used to facilitate coal export”, according to the Oregonian.

The Oregonian quoted a Kinder Morgan spokesperson stating that the company “is still looking for other coal export sites in the Northwest on behalf of coal mine customers”, though he declined to name specific ports.

2)  The proposed Coos Bay, Oregon terminal was the second proposal to bite it when Metro Ports, the sole remaining investor in the Coos Bay terminal, let their negotiating contact expire on April 1, 2013 after partners, Mitsui and Korean Electric Power Corporation pulled out. (A proposed 6 to 10 million tons/year here.)  This leaves the Port of Coos Bay without a dancing partner at least for time being…

3)  Rail America’s Grey’s Harbor proposed terminal in Washington never quite made it out of the gate when the company released a statement in August, 2012 that “(Rail America) now believes there are other uses for the terminal that are more likely to generate jobs, tax revenues and business for the port and for the company”.

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