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.”