Coal Export Terminals

IEEFA Research

The Federal Government’s Coal-Leasing Program Is Broken: Here’s How to Fix It

Appoint a Price-Setting Commission; Ban Exports; Cancel Some Leases; Eliminate Self-Bonding; Mandate Set-Asides for Mine Clean-up and Miner Pensions; Require Twice-a-Year Audits; Assume Smaller Markets

It’s time for the U.S. to modernize how it manages its publicly owned coal reserves. That’s the essence of comments we’ve filed today with the Department of the Interior as it begins a review of its federal coal-leasing program in the Powder River Basin, a program that has been mismanaged for years at taxpayer expense […]

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Global Energy Markets Transition Drives Thermal Coal Into Structural Decline

New Research by IEEFA Sees Slowing Demand for Coal and Rapidly Rising Investment in Renewables CLEVELAND, Jan. 14, 2015 (IEEFA.org) — Rapid expansion of renewable energy combined with weakening electricity demand are driving a structural decline in seaborne thermal coal markets, according to a new briefing released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

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Report – No Need for New U.S. Coal Ports: Data Shows Oversupply in Capacity

No Need for New U.S. Coal Ports: Data Shows Oversupply in Capacity (pdf) By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, IEEFA  

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Company Drops Plans for Coal-Export Dock in Oregon

From the Associated Press: An energy company has scrapped plans to build a coal dock on the Columbia River in eastern Oregon. The East Oregonian reports that the proposed Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow in Boardman would have shipped 8 million tons of coal down the river each year for export to […]

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Both Promoters and Opponents Sense a Pulse in Dormant Gateway Pacific Coal-Export Project

Christopher Coats for SNL: Months after federal and Washington state officials effectively halted progress on the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal, project backers have moved to ensure that they can return to the project at a later date, while opponents are moving to halt it completely with an expansion of state protection. The proposed […]

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On the Blogs: Alaska’s Sole Coal Producer Ceases Exports

Kevin Baird for Newsminer.com: Usibelli Coal Mine’s last export of coal sailed out of Seward in July, and the Seward coal loading facility is going into cold storage mode, according to the company’s vice president of External Affairs, Lorali Simon. The 75,000-ton coal shipment will be Usibelli’s last coal export, at least until the market […]

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California Bars State Money From Going to Coal-Export Terminals

Anne C. Mulkern for E&E: California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Friday aimed at cutting coal exports from the Golden State. It blocks the California Transportation Commission from giving state funds to any new transport terminal “that stores, handles, or transports coal in bulk.” “Action on multiple fronts will be needed to transition […]

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California Senate Moves to Ensure Ban on Coal-Export Terminal

Richard Kuykendall for SNL: The California State Senate approved a bill that would halt future state funding for export projects that would allow coal to be shipped or exported through California. State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, introduced the bill in reaction to a proposed development project in Oakland that would export up to 10 million […]

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On the Blogs: ‘Here We Go Again’ on Coal-Rebound Hype

Lauri Myllyvirta and Marina Lou for Greenpeace Energy Desk: Here we go again. The global coal industry is still reeling from the collapse of the 2011 coal export bubble, and already the financial media is suggesting that the latest uptick in international prices has turned coal into the ‘hottest commodity’ of 2016.This sort of talk […]

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Of Seven New U.S. Coal-Export Terminals Planned in the Past Five Years, None Has Opened

Timothy Puko and Erica E. Phillips for the Wall Street Journal: Western coal producers once saw exports to Asia as their future. For many, that dream is fading. A global glut has flooded overseas markets that were once expected to buy coal produced along a belt stretching from Utah to Montana that includes the Powder […]

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Oakland Council Blocks Utah Coal Port Scheme

Rachel Swan for the San Francisco Chronicle: The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Monday to block the handling and storage of coal in Oakland, effectively halting a developer’s controversial plan to ship coal from the port. Hundreds of people crowded City Hall — and demonstrated outside — as seven council members weighed the proposal by […]

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‘Ethical and Political Red Flags’ in Utah-California Coal-Export Deal

From the Associated Press: Groups are calling for a federal investigation into Utah’s plans to invest $53 million in a proposed expansion of a California port to export coal to Asia. The funds from federal mineral royalties are intended for local public works projects, but would instead be loaned to four counties for the proposed […]

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Why Utah’s Coal Port Investment in Oakland Is So Suspect

A Backdoor Tax Increase Absent Normal Oversight 


This week we signed onto a letter asking for a federal review of the odd transaction that diverts $53 million in Utah taxpayer dollars to a port expansion 730 miles away in California. It’s a letter well worth expounding on. Here goes. While environmentalists are opposed to the project for its climate-change and pollution effects, […]

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