natural resources http://kplu.org en To keep or to export? The Northwest's natural gas debate http://kplu.org/post/keep-or-export-northwests-natural-gas-debate <p>Natural gas production in North America has increased so dramatically that no fewer than 17 companies have now applied to export the fuel overseas. Two gas export terminals are proposed in the Northwest -- one near Coos Bay, Oregon and the other at the Port of Astoria.</p><p>This week, federal energy regulators are getting an earful of public testimony.</p><p>As public meetings go, Monday’s visit by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to the Oregon Coast was more tense and raucous than usual.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:49:42 +0000 Tom Banse 6736 at http://kplu.org To keep or to export? The Northwest's natural gas debate Earthquake rebuilding likely to benefit existing timber exporters http://kplu.org/post/earthquake-rebuilding-likely-benefit-existing-timber-exporters <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-961585.mp3</p><p>When disaster response in Japan turns to rebuilding, Northwest timber companies and sawmills should see an increase in exports. But an industry consultant says the slow pace of disaster recovery means those new orders may not come for months.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Stock prices for some North American timber companies spiked in the immediate aftermath of the Japan disaster. Wall Street anticipates a surge in Japanese demand for logs, lumber and plywood to rebuild homes.</p><p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:11:44 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 1137 at http://kplu.org Earthquake rebuilding likely to benefit existing timber exporters Booming demand from China for Northwest logs & lumber http://kplu.org/post/booming-demand-china-northwest-logs-lumber <p>There&rsquo;s good news and bad news for logging and saw-milling jobs in the Northwest. The bad news is new figures out show construction spending dropped in February to the lowest level in more than a decade. The good news is that timber demand from China is soaring.</p><p>Russia has traditionally been China&rsquo;s main wood supplier. An export tax by the Russians combined with the expanding Chinese economy has created an opening for exporters on the West Coast. Fri, 01 Apr 2011 21:01:43 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 1126 at http://kplu.org Booming demand from China for Northwest logs & lumber