Gov. Kitzhaber calls for coal export review

Gov. Kitzhaber calls for coal export review

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his formal request to the federal government for an environmental review and assessment of the coal export facilities proposed in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Kitzhaber announced his request, which he made in a letter to agency heads for the Department of the Army, the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Land Management., saying he wanted to avoid what he called the federal government's habit of "deciding by not deciding."
In his letter, Kitzhaber expressed concern that the environmental, community, economic, transportation and energy security impacts of additional 157 million tons of coal exports being proposed, which would be routed through Northwest ports and shipped to Asia, would be shouldered by Oregon and Washington.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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