Friday, 05 January 2018 12:29

Resource company sues Washington state for blocking exports

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Lighthouse Resources Inc. has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Washington Governor Jay Inslee and two state regulators for allegedly violating the US Constitution’s commerce clause by denying permits that would enable the company to ship coal mined in Wyoming, Montana and other western states through its proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal to clients in Japan and South Korea.  The company had plans to develop the coal export terminal on a site on the Columbia River where an existing Washington state lease allows coal exports. The Millennium Bulk Terminal is the last of six proposed coal terminals in the Pacific Northwest that was denied approval by state regulators or the US Army Corps of Engineers amid opposition from states and the Lummi Tribe, which argued that coal terminals interfered with their fishing rights.

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