Environmental Groups File Appeal To Stop Coos Bay Export Plans

May 29, 2013

Environmental groups have gone to court again to stop the export of liquefied natural gas from the Port of Coos Bay.

Coos Waterkeeper, the Sierra Club and other groups filed a petition with Oregon’s Court of Appeals Tuesday. They’re asking the court to reverse a judge’s decision last month to allow the port to dredge a waterway deep enough for large vessels that could haul LNG and bulk commodities like coal.

  Earthjustice attorney Janette Brimmer filed the appeal.

Brimmer: “They have the obligation to look at the impacts of the project as a whole particular to the things that the Legislature has said are really, really important to Oregon, like fishing, like shellfish, like use of our waters for recreation.”

This spring, investors in an export terminal withdrew their plan to ship coal from Coos Bay.

Port officials say they will continue to consider import and export opportunities as they seek federal and state permits to develop its terminal.

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