About that deadline: State extends coal decision, again, to study fisheries

Sustainable Business Oregon, May 30, 2014
By Mason Walker

The decision on whether or not to grant a permit for a high-profile coal export facility proposed near Boardman [Oregon] has been delayed, the eighth such extension for the controversial Morrow Pacific project.

The latest delay comes despite a request from Gov. John Kitzhaber that a decision be made by May 31.

The Oregon Department of State Lands, the agency reviewing the permit request, delayed the decision to August 18 to allow time to collect additional information on the project, including whether the project would have negative impacts on fisheries located near the Port of Morrow.

Project developer Ambre Energy agreed to the delay, providing a brief statement on the matter.

“The extension gives the department time to continue to research and receive information, and provides Morrow Pacific a period to respond,” said Ambre.

In its announcement of the delay, the Department of State Lands explicitly mentioned that the project would not re-open to public comment.”

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Coal is rearing its head again the Columbia Gorge. The new threat comes in the form of proposals to export coal from Wyoming to coal-fired power plants in China. The coal would be transported via uncovered rail cars through the Columbia Gorge. Many Columbia Gorge Communities in Oregon and Washington support a coal-free world, beginning at home, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, recognizing the importance of people determining what materials are allowable for transport through their communities and watersheds. This blog exists to communicate and advocate for the public interest in issues pertaining to coal transport in the Columbia River Gorge, providing an online outlet for honest discussion and information. To inform and unite local citizens about the damaging effects of coal transport through our communities. To endorse positive and considerate dialogue with the aim of mutual understanding among diverse parties. CLEAN AIR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES NO COAL EXPORTS STOP COAL IN ITS TRACKS
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