Sightline Author

Eric de Place

Eric de Place, policy director, spearheads Sightline Institute’s work on energy policy. He is known as a leading expert on coal and oil export plans in the Pacific Northwest, and he is considered an authority on a range of issues connected to fossil fuel transport. Find his full bio here. Email: eric [at] sightline [dot] org.

Eric's Posts

What Montana’s Tongue River Railroad Means for Coal Export

A coal market analysis riddled with factual errors boosts the industry’s export schemes.

How Tesoro’s Petrochem Plans May Threaten Anacortes & the Salish Sea

The real hazards of xylene.

What Methanol Means for the Northwest

A look at China’s plans for three big export refineries.

The Thin Green Line Is Stopping Coal and Oil in Their Tracks

Northwest communities have won key battles. Can they win the war?

Sightline on Shell’s Presence in Oregon

Listen to a conversation on the Northwest's role in Arctic drilling.

Shell’s Rig is Headed to Portland

But the company—and its money—has been in Oregon for a long time.

The Proposed Longview Refinery: Understanding the Basics

What we know and what we don’t about a curious project proposal.

Tacoma’s Ticking Time Bomb

How oil trains put residents—and their wallets—at risk.

1 Million Barrels a Day, 100 Trains a Week

A new oil train analysis for the Northwest.

Sightline Sues Obama Administration over Crude Oil Exports and Illegal Secrecy

Moving forward on our unanswered FOIA request from February.