PGE vetoes initial coal export terminal proposal

PGE vetoes initial coal export terminal proposal

Portland General Electric rejected an initial proposal for a coal export terminal at the Port of St. Helens.

The company says coal dust from the terminal could foul air that they use for combustion at two nearby natural gas plants.

The utility has leasehold control and effective veto power over 850 acres at the port's Port Westward industrial park along the Columbia River. Kinder Morgan wants to build an export terminal close by, all or part on PGE-controlled lands.
"The facility as they've described it to us really just isn't compatible with operations of our power plants there," PGE spokesman Steve Corson said Wednesday. "We've invested quite a lot on behalf of our customers there, and we can't accept that risk."


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