Washington and Oregon Governors Ask for Review of Coal Export Consequences

This week, the governors of Washington and Oregon asked the Obama Administration to review proposed coal export terminals. The Seattle Times article is here and the Huffington Post article is here. The letter linked in the Seattle Times article is here.

An excerpt from the Seattle Times

Western coal producers, saddled with low prices and weak demand in U.S. markets, are eager to send more coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to Asia. Much of that coal is on federal lands, but some is on tribal, private or state lands.

The proposals include two export terminals in Washington to be in Cherry Point, which is near Bellingham, and in Longview. There are also proposals for terminals in Oregon.

The prospect of using the Pacific Northwest as a launch point for coal exports has triggered intense controversy in both Oregon and Washington.

Seattle Human Rights Commission’s official comments are here. The Commission’s resolution on coal and the impact on Indian tribes is here. (Thanks to C.S.)

Finally, here is a Northwest Public Radio story about the potential effects of the proposed export plans on the Lummi Tribe.

Previous posts are here and here.

In re Krystal Energy — Navajo Coal Lease Dispute

In an interlocutory from bankruptcy court:

The Navajo Nation presents two issues on appeal: (1) whether the Bankruptcy Court erroneously determined that Krystal’s property was in the possession, custody or control of the Navajo Nation under 11 U.S.C. § 542(a); (2) whether the Bankruptcy Court erroneously determined that Krystal possessed a legal or equitable interest in the property to be turned over and accounted for.

The District Court for the District of Arizona rejected the appeal — here is the opinion.