The Port of Newport on the Oregon coast is planning to develop a log export terminal. That’s led to a conflict with the port’s new neighbors.
Back in 1948 Newport built its first log export terminal on top of a pair of sunken barges leftover from World War II. The barges leaked oil into Yaquina bay and over the years the terminal fell out of use. Now the port has finished a major renovation of the site. Several timber companies want to use it to export logs to Asia. Cameron LaFollet is with the Oregon Coast Alliance. She says the terminal would route at least 50 log trucks a day through a residential neighborhood.
LaFollet: “The terminal has recently been renovated, that’s great. The neighborhood has changed, that’s great. But now there’s a problem. Because the two uses don’t really work together very well.”
The Port President says she understands the neighbors’ concerns, and says the Port was not responsible for the zoning decision that allowed condos to develop next to an industrial site.
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