Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Two big coal companies are proposing to export through the Port of St. Helens to help fill China's rising demand for coal.
On Jan. 25, the port's commission will consider proposals from Kinder Morgan Terminals and Pacific Transloading, a subsidiary of Ambre Energy. Currently, Canada hosts the only West Coast coal export terminals.
A new terminal would bring badly needed jobs and development. It raises concerns with community and environmental activists, who worry about exporting dirty fuel and about hazardous coal dust escaping at ports and from trains running through the Columbia River Gorge and Portland.
Read more at OregonLive.com.