Millennium parent company files for Chapter 11; Columbia River site goes back to Alcoa, The Columbian ($)

By Marissa Heffernan • The Daily News • Published January 19, 2021 10:15AM LONGVIEW — After Millennium Bulk Terminals’ parent company filed for bankruptcy this month, the fate of the proposed coal terminal on the old Reynolds Aluminum Co. site is again in doubt, with opponents to the terminal calling the project dead. On Jan. 8, a

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Bankrupt coal firm fails to find buyer for West Coast export terminal, Casper Star Tribune

Camille Erickson • Jan 11, 2021 | Updated May 26, 2021 Wyoming’s long-held dream of exporting Powder River Basin coal from a West Coast terminal was recently dashed when the project’s owner filed for bankruptcy and failed to find an interested buyer. Lighthouse Resources Inc. petitioned for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Dec. 3. The company owns the Decker coal mine

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Investigation continues around oil-train derailment, fire in Custer, Whatcom County, Seattle Times ($)

By Elise Takahama , Ron Judd and Lynda V. Mapes • Dec. 22, 2020 at 12:46 pm | Updated Dec. 22, 2020 at 9:44 pm Jenny Reich was preparing to open her glass shop in Custer, Whatcom County, on Tuesday afternoon when there was a loud noise and suddenly “everything was shaking.” Reich, a longtime Custer resident, said she is so

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Canada Energy Regulator projects there may be no need for Trans Mountain expansion or Keystone XL, Financial Post ($)

Report says if more climate policies put in place, oil output will grow until 2039, but only enough to need Line 3 Mia Rabson • The Canadian Press • Nov 24, 2020  •  3 minute read OTTAWA — A new report from the Canada Energy Regulator projects that if Canada strengthens its climate policies to cut more

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Kamala Harris’s Fracking Record Scares Big Oil But Attracts the Left, Bloomberg ($)

Less than two hours after Kamala Harris was named Joe Biden’s running mate, President Donald Trump had cast the California Democrat as an oil industry and fracking foe. “She is against fracking. She’s against petroleum products,” Trump said at a White House news conference Tuesday. “I mean, how do you do that and go into

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20 states sue over Trump rule limiting states from blocking pipeline projects, The Hill

By Rebecca Beitsch • 07/21/20 03:31 PM EDT A coalition of 20 states is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a rule that weakens states’ ability to block pipelines and other controversial projects that cross their waterways. The Clean Water Act previously allowed states to halt projects that risk hurting their water quality, but that

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Trump Weakens Major Conservation Law to Speed Construction Permits, New York Times ($)

By Lisa Friedman • Published July 15, 2020 | Updated Aug. 4, 2020   WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday unilaterally weakened one of the nation’s bedrock conservation laws, the National Environmental Policy Act, limiting public review of federal infrastructure projects to speed up the permitting of freeways, power plants and pipelines. In doing so, the Trump administration claimed it would

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Trump’s order would make it harder to block pipelines, and projects such as Longview coal-export terminal, Seattle Times ($)

By Hal Bernton • Seattle Times staff reporter • April 10, 2019 at 7:49 pm | Updated April 11, 2019 at 9:32 am President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that could make it harder for state governments to block energy-development projects such as a proposed coal-export terminal in southwest Washington that has failed to get a permit

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Trump signs executive orders to stop states from delaying energy projects, Globe and Mail ($)

Jeff Mason and Timothy Gardner • Reuters • Published April 10, 2019 | Updated April 11, 2019 U.S. President Donald Trump signed two executive orders in the heart of the Texas energy hub on Wednesday seeking to speed natural gas, coal and oil projects delayed by coastal states as he looks to build support ahead

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Le pétrole du Québec vient désormais d’Amérique du Nord, Radio-Canada

Le pétrole du Québec vient désormais d’Amérique du Nord Gérald Fillion • Publié le 2 novembre 2018 ANALYSE – Pendant des années, il était de bon ton de dire qu’il fallait produire du pétrole au Québec et construire un pipeline pancanadien pour réduire notre dépendance au pétrole étranger et pour faire baisser les prix. Or, l’idée

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Vancouver Energy ends bid to build nation‘s biggest oil-train terminal along Columbia River, Seattle Times ($)

This was one of a series of high-profile fossil-fuel projects proposed in Washington state in recent years, all of which have faced strong opposition from environmentalists. By Hal Bernton, Seattle Times staff reporter • Originally published February 27, 2018 at 2:09 pm | Updated February 28, 2018 at 10:04 am Vancouver Energy is ending a four-year quest to

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Washington governor rejects permit for oil-by-rail terminal, Seattle Times ($)

Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement Monday that he agreed with the recommendation of a state energy panel, which voted in November to deny the application of the Vancouver Energy project. By Phuong Le, The Associated Press • Originally published January 29, 2018 at 9:41 am | Updated January 29, 2018 at 4:29 pm SEATTLE

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The Trump Admin’s Misleading Justifications for Repealing This Oil Train Safety Rule, DeSmog

By Justin Mikulka • Dec 10, 2017 @ 05:02 PST On December 4, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced it would repeal a critical safety regulation for modern braking systems on the same oil trains which have derailed, spilled oil, caught fire, exploded, and even killed dozens in multiple high profile accidents in recent years.  The regulation, released by

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EFSEC unanimous in vote against Port of Vancouver oil terminal, The Columbian

By Dameon Pesanti, Columbian staff writer OLYMPIA — The plan to build the largest rail-to-marine oil terminal in the United States suffered a major blow Tuesday at the hands of the state body tasked with its evaluation. Barely five minutes into a special meeting at the state Capitol, the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council

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Vancouver oil terminal report details unavoidable impacts, Portland Business Journal

By Pete Danko – Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal The developer and opponents offered diametrically differing views of a final environmental review of the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal, released Tuesday, a week ahead of a long-awaited recommendation on the controversial project from Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. In a presentation in Olympia, EFSEC staff said a Final Environmental Impact

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Basic economics – not regulation – ended the Energy East pipeline, Globe and Mail ($)

Benjamin Dachis • Published October 5, 2017 Benjamin Dachis is associate director of research at the C.D. Howe Institute. TransCanada Corp. announced on Thursday that it would not proceed with its Energy East proposal to ship Western Canadian oil to Eastern Canada. Widely thought to have been felled by overzealous regulators, in truth the king

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How Benicia Valero Crude By Rail was Defeated, Benicia Independent

Three (or 10 or 12, or maybe 40?) factors… What happened in Benicia was amazing. It’s well worth our time as community activists and organizers to reflect a bit on how David went up against Goliath and won. I was there from the beginning in this Benicia episode, so I have a story to tell.

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Council denies Valero Crude-By Rail Project, Benicia Herald

By Donna Beth Weilenman • Martinez News Gazette Benicia City Council has unanimously denied a use permit for the controversial Valero Crude-By-Rail project, citing a federal board decision as well as a June 3 derailment that spilled 42,000 gallons of crude oil and caused a fire that burned 14 hours.But the matter didn’t end Tuesday

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Benicia: Valero crude oil-by-rail facility rejected by City Council, Mercury News

BENICIA — Environmentalists hoping to defeat Benicia’s crude-by-rail project scored a huge victory Tuesday night, handing Valero Refining Company a significant defeat in the process. In a unanimous decision from Mayor Elizabeth Patterson and the City Council, Valero’s application for a conditional use permit for a crude oil off-loading facility was denied. Vicki Dennis, who moved to

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Benicia nixes Valero plan to run crude oil trains through Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, The Sacramento Bee ($)

By Tony Bizjak The Benicia City Council on Tuesday unanimously rejected a controversial plan by the Valero Refining Co. to ship crude oil aboard trains through Sacramento and other Northern California cities to its bayside refinery. The 5-0 vote, taken after four years of bitter debate, represents a victory for environmentalists and offers relief to

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Gambling with House Money, Earthjustice Blog

Go inside the trial of Tesoro-Savage, a crude oil shipping terminal proposed for the banks of the Columbia River. By Kristen Boyles & Janette Brimmer When is a proposed project too risky, too much of a roll of the dice? Put another way, how much risk should communities and the environment be expected to bear when the reward

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Pacific Northwest Weighs Response to Risks Posed by Oil Trains, New York Times ($)

By Kirk Johnson MOSIER, Ore. — The Chinook salmon that Randy Settler and other Yakama tribal fishermen are pulling from the Columbia River are large and plentiful this summer, part of one of the biggest spawning runs since the 1960s. It is a sign, they say, of the river’s revitalization, through pollution regulations and ambitious fish

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EFSEC hearings: Oil terminal opponents have their turn, The Columbian

Merits, risks continue to be weighed at adjudication hearings for Vancouver Energy proposal. By Brooks Johnson, Columbian Business Reporter The bells rang on the first round of oil terminal hearings this week as opponents started calling witnesses in the trial-like process guiding the fate of the Tesoro Corp. and Savage Cos. proposal. The third week of adjudication

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Quebec’s Jean Charest had private meeting with pipeline watchdog after TransCanada hired him, National Observer ($)

By Mike De Souza • July 7th 2016 Jean Charest gave political advice to members of a federal panel reviewing a major TransCanada Corp. pipeline project in a private meeting while he was under contract with the Alberta-based company, says Grégory Larroque, the spokesman and counsel for the former Quebec premier. The meeting, held at the downtown

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris challenges Benicia oil plan, The Sacramento Bee ($)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris weighed in on Benicia’s ongoing oil train debate on Thursday, arguing that the city has a legal right to reject a local refinery’s oil train plan and the obligation to review environmental risks. The debate involves a plan by Valero Refining Co. to ship up to two 50-car trains a

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Approval of Enbridge’s Line 9 applauded by Quebec refineries, Globe and Mail ($)

Kelly Cryderman The owners of the two Quebec refineries readying for shipments of Western Canadian crude say the National Energy Board’s decision to approve Enbridge Inc.’s Line 9 project will provide a long-awaited boost to their bottom lines. “It’s a project that we’ve been waiting for,” said Julie Cusson, director of public and government affairs

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New Oil Train Rules Are Hit From All Sides, New York Times ($)

By Jad Mouawad Ending months of uncertainty and delays, federal regulators on Friday unveiled new rules for transporting crude oil by trains, saying the measures would improve rail safety and reduce the risks of a catastrophic event. But the rules quickly came under criticism from many sides. Lawmakers and safety advocates said the regulations did not

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Benicia plans more study of crude-oil train impacts, The Sacramento Bee ($)

A controversial proposal by the Valero Refining Company in Benicia to run two 50-car crude-oil trains a day through Sacramento and other Northern California cities to its bayside refinery has hit another slowdown. Benicia officials on Tuesday said they have decided to redo some sections of an environmental impact analysis of the project. The city

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Race to Build on River Could Block Pacific Oil Route, New York Times ($)

By Kirk Johnson VANCOUVER, Wash. — Environmental passions, which run hot in the Northwest over everything from salmon to recycling, generally get couched in the negative: Don’t fish too much, don’t put those chemicals up the smokestack, don’t build in that sensitive area. But here in southern Washington, some environmental groups are quietly pushing a builder

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Energy East, Line 9 Pipelines Will Have “Insignificant” Economic Impact on Quebec, Says Report, The Narwhal

Derek Leahy • Jun 19, 2014 Quebec will gain “minimal economic benefits” from west-to-east oil pipeline projects such as TransCanada’s Energy East and Enbridge’s Line 9 according to a new report released this month. Both projects would transport western Canadian oil and oilsands (also called tar sands) bitumen to refineries and ports in Quebec, but would only make a combined

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Pipelines: deux économistes minimisent les bénéfices à long terme, Le Soleil

Ceux qui s’attendent à ce que la construction de pipelines aide à la croissance économique du Québec risquent d’être déçus, d’après une étude faite par deux économistes de l’énergie. Même si tous les projets qui sont dans l’air se concrétisaient, l’effet à long terme sur le PIB québécois ne serait que d’environ 0,03 %, calculent-ils.

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Des retombées « négligeables » pour le Québec, Le Devoir ($)

Les projets de transport de pétrole des sables bitumineux vers le Québec produiront des retombées économiques «négligeables» pour la province, conclut un nouveau rapport produit par un cabinet d’experts en énergie à la demande de groupes environnementaux. Le rapport évalue que le secteur du pétrole brut contribue actuellement à 0,50 % de l’ensemble de l’économie du Québec et

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Quebec’s oil economic benefits questioned in new report, Global News

By Tim Sargeant • Global News MONTREAL – The oil and gas industry won’t create a windfall of new jobs from the construction and opening of two new pipelines in Quebec. The U.S. based Goodman Group argues the economic and job benefits from the reversal of oil flow in the Enbridge 9B pipeline and the possible construction

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Proposal to pipe oil sands crude to Quebec refineries would barely benefit province: report, Financial Post ($)

A new report says proposals to pipe oil sands crude to Quebec refineries would only deliver negligible economic benefits to the province Author of the article: The Canadian Press MONTREAL — A new report says proposals to pipe oil sands crude to Quebec refineries would only deliver negligible economic benefits to the province. An economist

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Would oilsands pipeline be beneficial to Quebec?, CTV News

Andy Blatchford • The Canadian Press • Published Monday, June 2, 2014 2:50PM EDT | Last Updated Monday, June 2, 2014 5:57PM EDT MONTREAL — A newly released report says proposals to pipe western Canadian crude to Quebec refineries would deliver negligible economic benefits to the province in exchange for heightened environmental risk. An economist

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Le Québec ne tire aucun profit des sables bitumineux, Journal Métro

La multiplication des projets d’oléoducs transportant du pétrole provenant des sables bitumineux sur le territoire du Québec ne profitera pas à son économie, dévoile une étude rendue publique lundi. L’étude, produite par le groupe d’économistes Goodman, a été commandée par les organismes Équiterre et Greenpeace. «On sentait le besoin de mettre les pendules à l’heure»,

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Les projets d’oléoducs peu avantageux pour le Québec, conclut une étude, La Presse ($)

Une nouvelle étude commandée par les groupes environnementaux Greenpeace et Équiterre conclut que le transport et le traitement des sables bitumineux de l’Alberta auraient des «retombées économiques négligeables» pour le Québec. Andy Blatchford • La Presse Canadienne Une économiste, coauteure de l’étude et membre du conseil d’administration de Greenpeace, soutient que la création d’emplois et

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