The coal industry has been dealt another blow after a state agency in Oregon denied a key permit for a controversial terminal.
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This marking the latest salvo in an escalating fight between coal exporters and fossil-fuel loathing environmentalists on the West Coast.
The permit, for the Coyote Island Terminal in Oregon, was denied on Aug. 18 by the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL). Though opponents rejoiced, the company building the dock, which would be used to transport tons of coal down the Columbia River, cited it as a potential economic boon – and questioned whether politics were at play in the permit rejection.