Mary Anne Hitt

On Wednesday, the Oregon state legislature passed a bill that is one of most significant actions ever taken in the United States on climate change and clean energy.

Matt Kieltyka

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Port Metro Vancouver didn’t ship a single lump of thermal coal to China in 2015.

The port authority released its 2015 statistics overview on Thursday, offering a detailed glimpse and what moves through Canada’s busiest terminals.

Ross Belot

We saw the delegates hugging each other as they walked out of the COP21 climate change talks in Paris back in December — but we had no idea what the agreement they reached meant for Canada.

Now we do. And it turns out Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was quite right to be anxious about the future of our fossil fuel industry and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley may have been quite wrong in her assertion that Alberta will prosper — if she was talking about the oil and gas industry, at any rate.

Adam Liptak and Coral Davenport
Steam rises from the stacks of the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyo., in 2014. Credit Jim Urquhart/Reuters

WASHINGTON — In a major setback for President Obama’s climate change agenda, the 

Charles Mandel

While other Canadian provinces phase out coal, Nova Scotia is defiantly preparing to open its first coal mine since the last one closed in 2001 - this one under the ownership of a secretive American billionaire with ties to the Carlyle Group and Jeb Bush.


Longview, WA - Arch Coal, Inc., the second largest coal supplier in the United States, announced today that it would be filing for bankruptcy protection after suffering several quarters of losses and being unable to restructure its debt. The company has been a major player in coal regions across the U.S., including Appalachia and the Powder River Basin.

Staff CTV
The Quinsam Coal mine in Campbell River, B.C. is shown in this undated file photo. (Courtesy B.C. Government)

A Campbell River coal mine says it is suspending operations indefinitely, citing a prolonged and steep decline in coal prices and changes in market demand.

Up to 66 workers at Quinsam Coal face job cuts, the company said in a statement Friday.

It said the mine will be placed into “care and maintenance,” but existing supply contracts will still be honoured.

Kelly Cryderman and Brent Jang
A 2013 photo of the Westshore coal terminal in Delta, B.C. JEFF VINNICK/FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Already battered by plunging oil prices, Western Canada has another big problem: the collapse of coal. Alberta and British Columbia are suffering from the fallout of a severe downturn in the global coal market, brought on by China’s rapidly cooling industrial demand and the growing shift away from coal-fired electricity generation. It’s troubled times for an industry that’s long been a quietly powerful force in the Canadian economy.

Theresa McManus
Port Metro Vancouver has approved a permit that would allow Fraser Surrey Docks to operate a coal transfer facility on the Fraser River. Coal would travel from the United States to Canada by train, and loaded onto ocean going vessels at the terminal across from Westminster Quay and Queensborough.   Photograph By File photo

While world leaders were meeting in Paris to tackle climate change, Port Metro Vancouver approved Fraser Surrey Docks’ application for a thermal coal facility on the shores of the Fraser River.

Fraser Surrey Docks applied to Port Metro Vancouver to amend its existing permit to build and operate a direct transfer coal facility, where coal would be loaded onto ocean-going vessels and shipped to Asia. The site is located across the river from Westminster Quay and Queensborough.


Port approves changes that will see coal ships loaded on Fraser River

$50-million project in Surrey will handle thermal coal from U.S. destined for Asia

By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver SunDecember 2, 2015


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