PORTLAND, Ore. — An administrative law judge in Oregon has upheld the 2014 rejection of a proposed coal terminal on the Columbia River that could be a conduit for millions of tons of American coal headed to Asia annually.
Administrative Law Judge Alison Greene Webster found Friday state lands regulators were within their authority when they denied the permit to Brisbane, Australia-based applicant Ambre Energy.
Ambre Energy wants to transport coal mined from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming through Oregon on its way to power-hungry Asian markets.
The company, the Port of Morrow, Wyoming and Montana all filed appeals over denial of the Coyote Island Terminal project.
Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal-producing state, has been looking to Asia amid competition from cheap natural gas and tighter federal regulations.