Wyoming Governor Criticizes Oregon Coal Port Ruling
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in Wyoming and Montana are weighing how to respond to last week's ruling by an Oregon judge that rejected the states' claims that federal interstate commerce protections should ensure them access to a proposed terminal on the Columbia River to export coal to Asia.
Trial is set for November for continuing appeals on whether the building the terminal would hurt Oregon's water resources, including tribal fishing grounds. Wyoming and Montana could appeal the judge's interstate commerce ruling following the trial.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says he's disappointed with the judge's decision. He says coal is a critical economic driver for his state and the nation.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the ruling underscores the importance of having a balanced state energy plan to deal with events outside state control.