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Oregon Issues Key Permits for Coal Export Terminal

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued three key permits for a proposed coal export facility in Boardman, Oregon, but Ambre Energy still must obtain at least one additional state permit and a separate state lands lease before it can build and operate its Morrow Pacific terminal on Coyote Island. Expanding Low-Sulfur Coal MarketsThe Morrow Pacific terminal is one of three proposed projects in the U.S. Northwest for shipping American coal overseas. The terminal would allow Montana...

Was Stopping Nevada’s Fracking Rush Behind the Bundy Showdown?

The story of rancher Cliven Bundy has captured an abundance of media attention and attracted supporters from across the West, who relate to the struggle against the federal management of lands. Bundy’s sister, Susan, was asked: “Who’s behind the uproar?” She blamed the Sierra Club, then Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and then President Obama. She concluded her comments with: “It’s all about control”—a sentiment that is frequently expressed regarding actions taken in response to some endangered-...

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