Will Coal Barges Clog the Columbia?

Allison Roberts News

In a few years, coal could be the No. 1 commodity traveling by river barge on the Columbia, supplanting wheat.
Ambre Energy wants to be first to export coal through the Northwest to Asia, starting as early as next year. Its Morrow Pacific project would use covered barges for 218 miles of the trip, running from Boardman, through the Columbia River Gorge and on to Port Westward, an industrial park between St. Helens and Astoria.

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