Oregon Denies Permit For Controversial Coal Export Dock

Aug 19, 2014

The state of Oregon Monday denied a controversial permit for a coal export dock on the Columbia River. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

Several Columbia River tribes asked the state of Oregon to deny a permit for a controversial coal export dock at this site in Boardman.
Credit Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission

The Morrow Pacific coal export project would ship coal from Wyoming and Montana to Asia. It would load the coal onto barges at the Port of Morrow in Boardman. To do that, it needs a permit from the state to build a dock.

But the Oregon Department of State Lands says that's not going to happen. Regulators say the project doesn't comply with state requirements to protect water resources and avoid harm to tribal fisheries.

The decision follows a long dispute between project developer Ambre Energy and Columbia River tribes who say their members fish at the dock site.

Liz Fuller is a spokeswoman for project developer Ambre Energy.

Fuller: "We disagree with this political decision and we are evaluating our next steps and considering the full range of legal and permitting options."

The company can appeal the state's decision through an administrative law judge.

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