Grand Rivers Terminal

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Grand Rivers Terminal is a bulk cargo terminal located in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, United States.

The terminal was originally owned by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, which used it to transfer coal and petcoke.[1] In November 2016, the terminal was acquired by Watco,[2] and now seems to have diversified to handle a range of commodities, including fertilizers, grains, and limestone along with coal.[3]


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The terminal has an annual storage capacity of nearly one million short tons, with annual throughput capacity of nearly 12 million short tons (approximately 10.9 million metric tonnes). Rail service is provided by Union Pacific.[4]

Sightline Institute reports

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."

Project Details

  • Operator: Watco
  • Location: Grand Rivers, Kentucky
  • Capacity (Million metric tonnes per annum): 10.9
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Exports

Articles and resources


  1. "Grand Rivers Terminal," Kinder Morgan website, accessed May 19, 2012, Archived Oct.10, 2015
  2. Watco to acquire 20 U.S. bulk terminals from Kinder Morgan, Freight Waves, Nov. 11, 2016
  3. Coal Facilities, P&L, Accessed Sep. 29, 2021
  4. "Grand Rivers Terminal," Union Pacific, accessed May 2015
  5. Eric de Place, "The Facts about Kinder Morgan," Sightline Institute, April 2012

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