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Kinder Morgan drops plans to build coal export terminal at Port of St. Helens industrial park

By Scott Learn, The Oregonian

...Port of St. Helens industrial park, not the controversy over coal.

"We looked at multiple options and different footprints, but we couldn't find one compatible with the facility we wanted to construct," Fore said.

Kinder Morgan's decision knocks another controversial Northwest coal export proposal off the table, leaving three still under consideration, one near Bellingham, Wash., one in Longview, Wash., and one in Boardman.

So that still leaves by far the two largest of the proposed coal terminals the planned Mega-Ports in Bellingham, and Longview, and a smaller proposal for a barge port in eastern Oregon at Bordman on the Columbia River. going forward.

I strongly suspect the unprecedented widespread and vocal public opposition across the region also had something to do with Kinder Morgan's decision. I see this as a victory for grassroots people power. Now we must make sure the plans for these two mega-ports and the barge port get shelved too. Its still imperative that the two biggest proposed ports don't go forward, along with the smaller barge  

Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Wed May 08, 2013 at 03:40 PM PDT.

Also republished by PacNW Kossacks, Climate Hawks, and DK GreenRoots.

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