An Australian coal company has asked for more time to answer questions from the State of Oregon about its plans for a coal port in Boardman.
Ambre Energy hopes to move coal from Wyoming and Montana to Asia through a facility at the Columbia River Port of Morrow in Boardman.
It needs a permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands to build a dock there. And the state has asked the company questions about tribal fishing rights, water quality, and the need to export coal.
In letters, the state suggested it would deny the company’s permit if it didn’t deliver more information. Now, Ambre has asked for a five-month extension to provide answers.
Liz Fuller is the company’s spokeswoman. She says other dock permits were not scrutinized so thoroughly.
“We really want to be treated like any other commodity and like any other dock," Fuller says. "And that’s, obviously, that’s really important to the project.”
Ambre Energy has aimed to be the first company in the Pacific Northwest to export coal to Asia. Fuller says this delay will not slow the project’s timeline. The state says it will issue a decision on September 1.
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