Pier IX

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Pier IX is a coal terminal operated by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (formerly Massey Coal Terminal) located in Newport News, Virginia. The terminal began operation in 1982.[1] It has an annual coal capacity of 14.5 million tonnes.[2][3]

In 2013 Kinder Morgan said it would spend $29 million to expand annual capacity at its Pier IX terminal from 14.5 million to 16 million tonnes. Pier IX exported 14 million tonnes of coal in 2012. It is served by CSX.[4]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Kinder Morgan Energy Partners
  • Location: Myrtle Grove, Louisiana
  • Existing Capacity (Million tonnes per annum): 14.5
  • Additional Proposed Capacity (mtpa): 1.5
  • Status: Expanding
  • Type: Exports and Imports
  • Cost of expansion: US$29 million
  • Financing for expansion:

Sightline Institute reports "track record of pollution, lawbreaking, and cover-ups" at Kinder Morgan facilities

An April 2012 report by the environmental think tank Sightline Institute, "The Facts about Kinder Morgan," , lists a series of legal violations and pollution incidents at various Kinder Morgan terminals. The report includes the following:[5]

  • "In Louisiana, Kinder Morgan’s coal export facilities are so dirty that satellite photos clearly show coal dust pollution spewing into the Mississippi River."
  • "In South Carolina, coal dust from Kinder Morgan’s terminal contaminates oysters, pilings, and boats. Locals have even caught the company on video washing coal directly into sensitive waterways."
  • "In Virginia, Kinder Morgan’s coal export terminal is an open sore on the neighborhood, coating nearby homes in dust so frequently that even the mayor is speaking out about the problem."
  • "In Portland, Kinder Morgan officials bribed a ship captain to illegally dump contaminated material at sea, and their operations have repeatedly polluted the Willamette River."
  • "Kinder Morgan has been fined by the US government for stealing coal from customer’s stockpiles, lying to air pollution regulators, illegally mixing hazardous waste into gasoline, and many other crimes."
  • "Kinder Morgan’s pipelines are plagued by leaks and explosions, including two large dangerous spills in residential neighborhoods in British Columbia."

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  1. Pier IX Terminal Case Study, UNI-Group, 2004.
  2. "Pier IX," Kinder Morgan, accessed May 2015
  3. "Major N. American coal ports," Platts, accessed May 2015
  4. "Kinder Morgan spending $400 million to add coal export capacity," Platts, 14 May 2013
  5. Eric de Place, "The Facts about Kinder Morgan," Sightline Institute, April 2012

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