Wyoming Appeals Oregon’s Decision To Deny Coal Port Application
The state of Wyoming is appealing a decision by the state of Oregon to block a coal port. The Wyoming Attorney General appealed Oregon’s decision that denied a permit for an export facility that would ship coal from the Powder River Basin to Asia.
Coal is the fastest growing fuel source in the world and this decision by the State of Oregon prevents Wyoming coal producers from competing in that marketplace.
Governor Matt Mead said the State of Oregon’s decision to block the building of the facility violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
“Coal is the fastest growing fuel source in the world and this decision by the State of Oregon prevents Wyoming coal producers from competing in that marketplace,” Governor Mead said. “Wyoming will continue to standup for the coal industry, which provides affordable and abundant power to people across the globe. We support coal including efforts to innovate and work on cleaner energy from all sources.”
Wyoming’s appeal is of the decision denying the Coyote Island Terminal’s application for a removal-fill permit by the Oregon Department of State Lands. The Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings has jurisdiction.
Wyoming asserts that Oregon’s decision to deny this permit is based on its dislike of coal and that Oregon did not base its decision on the factors it must consider under law.
The Governor’s office says that this action impacts interstate and foreign commerce and comes at great cost to taxpayers in Wyoming and other coal producing states.