Coal Export Project Delayed After Agency Failed to Properly Inform Yakama Nation

Story from the Oregonian is here. An excerpt

Oregon’s Department of State Lands, which had planned to decide on the company’s permit by Dec. 12 has delayed a decision until April 1, said Charles Redon, a resource coordinator for the agency.

DSL is opening a third public comment period on the Ambre’s Morrow Pacific  project, which would bring coal by train from Montana or Wyoming, unload and store it at a new terminal at the Port of Morrow, then ship the coal by barge to a Port of St. Helens dock for export. The new comment period will run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31.

The agency neglected to properly notify the Yakama Nation about the project, Redon said. The Yakama and other Northwest tribes have raised significant concerns about five proposals for terminals to export coal from the Northwest.

Information Meetings here.

More about coal exporting in the Pacific Northwest is at Northwest Public Radio here.

Previous post on the subject is here.

2 thoughts on “Coal Export Project Delayed After Agency Failed to Properly Inform Yakama Nation

  1. Jay Taber December 2, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    The conflict between Coast Salish Gathering (a consortium of Canadian and American Indian tribes co-managing the Salish Sea) and the energy export alliance (composed of Goldman Sachs, Peabody Coal, and the AFL-CIO) comes with considerable baggage, including corruption of some elements of local organized labor, and their history of anti-Indian violence. As noted in the November 28 issue of Cascadia Weekly, the impact of the Gateway Pacific Terminal proposal — to build the largest coal export facility in North America in Lummi Nation territory — is a disaster waiting to happen in more ways than one. Even if you discount the economic environmental extortion by Wall Street, the inflammatory deceptions of the alliance media campaign threaten to tear the social fabric to shreds.

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