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Court dismisses claim in coal industry's case against Washington state

Coal News - Published on Thu, 13 Dec 2018

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Earth Justice reported that a US District Court ruled that the state of Washington did not violate federal laws governing ports or railroads when it denied a necessary water quality permit for the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal shipping project proposed along the Columbia River in Longview, Washington. Judge Robert J. Bryan dismissed claims brought by Lighthouse Resources (Millennium’s parent company) and BNSF Railway alleging that the decision to deny the permit violated the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act and Ports and Waterways Safety Act. The ruling comes on the heels of the Court’s dismissal of all claims against the Washington Department of Natural Resources. These rulings greatly narrow the case brought in federal court.

Kristen Boyles, an Earthjustice attorney representing intervening conservation groups, said that “One by one, the courts continue to knock out Millennium’s challenges. Simply put, the State’s one permit denial for one private hedge-fund backed corporation did not violate any law, let alone federal law.”

Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, co-director of the Power Past Coal coalition, said that “At every turn, Millennium faces dead ends for its unpopular coal project. The coal company has racked up multiple denials from state and local agencies, and a committee of local residents recently concluded that the coal terminal should not be built based on its harmful health impacts alone. Now its hope of overturning states’ rights in order to build the project is narrowing. It’s time for Millennium to see the writing on the wall and end its coal terminal scheme.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 13 Dec 2018
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