Oregon high court rules in Coos Bay LNG marine terminal plan

Petitioners, who are environmental advocacy groups, said the permit was invalidly issued because the lands department didn't consider negative effects of the terminal, such as a fuel spill.

Posted: Jul 27, 2018 5:21 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld a decision, over the objections of environmentalists, by the state lands department to allow the dredging of the port of Coos Bay for a proposed deep-water marine terminal where ships could load liquefied natural gas coming from a planned pipeline.

Petitioners, who are environmental advocacy groups, said the permit was invalidly issued because the lands department didn't consider negative effects of the terminal, such as a fuel spill.

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled the department wasn't required to consider negative effects. Petitioners had said there was a contradiction, because the department considered positive effects, such as increased employment.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is accepting public comments on the project. A spokeswoman says 14,000 have come in so far.

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