Portland General Electric appears to have decided it doesn’t want a coal terminal as a neighbor at the Port of St. Helens in Oregon.
Oregon’s South County Spotlight reports that the Kinder Morgan plan for a coal terminal there (link to The Chronicle of Columbia County) had relied on subleasing port-owned land from PGE, which renewed its own 99-year lease on the undeveloped site in 2008.
But a PGE spokesman told the Spotlight that company officials feared that coal dust from that operation might be harmful to operations at the company’s own generator nearby.
PGE’s decision to deny the sublease is not necessarily the end of Kinder Morgan’s coal terminal at Port of St. Helens. Port officials say they are exploring other options.
Bob Ferris alerted us to this story via Facebook.