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Coal, Oil & Trains

Herons or Oil: Which are long term?

By John ServaisOn May 14, 2016

Some folks from Bellingham who read this may also be participating in the kayaking and land protest at the Tesoro oil refinery near Anacortes. It is a coordinated protest with [...]

No Coal Terminal at Cherry Point - Final

By John ServaisOn May 09, 2016

This morning, the Army Corps of Engineers released a simple press release. In plain language, Colonel Buck denies the Gateway Pacific Terminal project at Cherry Point. Col. Buck says he [...]

OregonLNG quits: Cherry Point may be new target

By John ServaisOn Apr 18, 2016

Reliable sources tell me that Williams Pipeline Company is planning to apply for permits to extend a natural gas spur pipeline from their main pipeline at Sumas over to Cherry [...]

BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety

By John ServaisOn Apr 04, 2016

The coal train in the photo above is heading north along Bellingham Bay just above Clayton Beach. Notice how it seems to overhang the sandy bluff? That is because the [...]

Cherry Point coal port development put on ice

By John ServaisOn Apr 01, 2016

The Seattle Times is reporting a decision by Cloud Peak Energy and SSA Marine to pause work on the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal. The [...]

Fuller calls on Coast Guard to ‘stand on the right side of history’

By Guest writerOn Mar 23, 2016

Rob Lewis guest writes this report. SEATTLE—During his March 17 appeal hearing, Matt Fuller delivered a detailed and unapologetic defense of his 22-hour occupation of the anchor chain on the [...]

Will Cherry Point coal port be denied this week?

By John ServaisOn Mar 16, 2016

The folks in Montana think the US Army Corps of Engineers will announce this week the denial of a permit for the mega coal port at Cherry Point. The Helena [...]

Dems, GOP primed for legal fight over districts

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 15, 2016

Half a dozen Districting Committee meetings in the books, and what does Whatcom County have to show for them? One mystery and one thing we know all too well. First [...]

The state of citizen journalism is strong: Two receive deArmond awards

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 11, 2016

The third annual Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism award dinner on Feb. 12 in Bellingham was bigger than ever—a bigger venue, more guests, a higher bar tab and, most notably, not [...]

Potential Oil Exports From Cherry Point—Something else to put on your radar

By David CampOn Mar 09, 2016

The Portland-Montreal pipeline was opened in 1941 to carry mostly Venezuelan crude offloaded from freighters in South Portland, Maine, to refineries in Montreal. Portland was chosen because it is a year-round [...]

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