The Oregonian, September 18,2012
By Scott Learn
Ambre Energy’s fast-track project to export coal to Asia through Oregon ports is staying on the fast track for now.
The Portland office of the Army Corps of Engineers, which is reviewing Ambre’s permit for terminal and dock construction at the Port of Morrow, has decided to do only an environmental assessment of the project, at least initially, corps spokesman Scott Clemans said today. Such reviews are typically completed within months.
That stops short of the full-blown, years-long environmental impact statement that environmental groups wanted. The corps’ Seattle office decided to move directly to an EIS for the Northwest’s two other coal terminal projects under review: Ambre’s Millennium Bulk Terminal project in Longview, Wash., and the Gateway Park Terminal near Bellingham, Wash.