CSX Chesapeake Coal Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor

CSX Chesapeake Bay Coal Terminal, also known as the Curtis Bay Coal Piers and Bayside Coal Terminal, is a coal export terminal located at the Port of Baltimore in Curtis Bay, Maryland. It is owned by the rail-based transportation company CSX Corporation.

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The terminal has an annual throughput capacity of 14 million tons of coal. Coal is primarily transported from northern Appalachia, as well as Central and Southern Appalachia, the Illinois Basin, and the Colorado and Powder River Basins.[1]

The CSX terminal, along with the CNX Marine Terminal also at Baltimore Port, handled a combined 13.8 million tonnes of coal in 2010. China received 25% of the coal, while the rest went to South Korea and the Netherlands.[2] CSX has an annual coal capacity of 8.6 million tonnes.[3]

Communities in Curtis Bay have reported coal dust flying off the trains, contributing to air pollution and reports of respiratory problems. The Curtis Bay zip code ranks among the worst in the state and the country for respiratory risk caused by concentrations of toxic air pollutants.[4]

Project Details

  • Owner: CSX Corporation
  • Location: Curtis Bay, Maryland
  • Capacity (Million tonnes per annum): 14
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Exports
  • Coal source: Northern, Central, and Southern Appalachia; Illinois Basin; Colorado Basin; Powder River Basin

Articles and Resources


  1. "Curtis Bay Coal Piers in Baltimore, Md.," CSX, accessed March 2018
  2. "Port of Baltimore sets record for coal, salt in 2010" Scott Dance, Baltimore Business Journal, November 7, 2011.
  3. "Existing and Potential Coal Export Infrastructure," US Coal Exports, accessed May 2015
  4. "The Costs of Coal Exports," EarthJustice, 2014

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