Coal clash: The Powder River Basin, where coal is king
At the other end of trains carrying coal to proposed NW ports for transshipment to South Korea, China and other Asian power plants, sit the mines of the Powder River Basin. This Oregonian article provides interesting background on the stakeholders, their positions, and the forces pushing for more coal exports through the West Coast. The three part Oregonian Special Report begins with this assessment:
The dust up begins in Montana and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin where coal is king, rolls through the Columbia River gorge through congested rail lines in Portland and Vancouver, and ends in Asia’s coal-fueled economies. But the fickle global energy market and highly motivated opponents concerned about the environmental effects could derail the whole plan.
Read more from the three part Special Report with graphics and photos to get some key information about why coal is being pushed for export through NW ports and better understand the broader context of this critical issue for climate change. Click on links below: