More Time To Comment On Morrow Pacific Coal Terminal

Nov 22, 2012

The public is getting thirty more days to comment on a proposal to move coal through the Northwest.

The new public comment period begins December first for the Morrow Pacific coal project. It would transport coal by train to Boardman, Ore. From there, the coal would be loaded onto barges and shipped down the Columbia River.

Central Washington’s Yakama Nation asked the Oregon Department of State Lands for more time to comment on a five-hundred-page environmental review.  It was submitted by the company that wants to build the export terminal.  

Kristina Proszek is with the Yakama Nation.

She says the state did not notify the tribe when the environment review came in.

Kristina Proszek:  “The Yakama Nation is greatly concerned with the loss of four treaty fishing sites on the river. They’re also concerned with potential impacts to any archeological cultural resources in the water or on the land.” 

The Department of State Lands set April first as its new deadline for deciding whether to issue one of the permits the company needs to build the terminal.

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