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Regulators Deny Permit For Export Coal Dock

OPB | Aug. 20, 2014 12:45 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 17, 2014 10:46 a.m.

Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commisson

Oregon regulators have rejected the Morrow Pacific coal export project, an effort by Ambre Energy to build a coal dock in Boardman. Oregon Department of State Lands director Mary Abrams said that after an exhaustive review process, the agency determined that the project, “is not consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of the state’s water resources, and that the applicant did not provide sufficient analysis of alternatives that would avoid construction of a new dock and impacts on tribal fisheries.”

The project proposed shipping nearly 9 million tons of coal from Wyoming and Montana to Asia. The export terminal was strongly opposed by conservationists and Columbia River tribes, who see the dock as an environmental threat.

We’ll discuss the controversial project with EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita.



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