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Coal Seeks a Northwest Passage

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org

Date: June 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM

U.S. coal exports from terminals in the Pacific Northwest and Gulf of Mexico could aid coal producers, who are keen to tap into international demand after a drop-off in domestic coal use. However, local officials and environmental groups have been resistant to plans to build the necessary infrastructure, like ports and rail, in the region. The Seattle City Council, for example, voted down plans for an export terminal that would have shipped coal from Wyoming and Montana‚Äôs Powder Basin to markets in Asia. Coal producers and exporters say the projects will deliver local and national economic benefits, including jobs and… [more]

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