Two Public Hearing on Coal Export to be Held in Columbia County

Two important coal export hearings will be held on May 6th in Columbia County concerning plans to Export and ship coal through Columbia County.  Columbia Riverkeeper and their local partners at Clean Columbia County  have asked that citizens attend one of the two meetings,based on where you live in the county.

1. If you live in Scappoose, please attend the Scappoose City Council Hearing.

WHEN: Monday, May 6 (7PM)

WHERE: Scappoose High School Auditorium, 33700 SE High School Way, Scappoose, OR

The City Council will be considering two resolutions – one pertaining to the Kinder Morgan Project and another pertaining to Ambre’s Morrow-Pacific Project. The Ambre resolution may favor transforming Columbia County’s waterfront into a coal barge parking lot and transloading facility for over 2,500 coal barges annually. Please consider providing oral and written testimony to the City Council regarding these projects.

Click here for notes specific to the Scappoose City Council coal resolution meeting, including Councilor contact information.

For detailed information about Ambre’s project, click here.

2. If you live outside of Scappoose, please attend the Columbia County Planning Commission Meeting. 

WHEN: Monday, May 6 (6:30PM)

WHERE: Circuit Courtroom, Third Floor, Courthouse Annex, 230 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR

The Columbia County Planning Commission is considering a request by the Port of St. Helens, the same Port that bent over backwards courting coal export

companies, to change its Comprehensive Plan and allow large-scale industrial development on nearly 1,000 acres of land designated for agriculture. This is a significant change for residents who value living in a rural area and people who live in communities that will see rail traffic snarl roads near the Portland & Western rail lines. The proposal paves the way for dirty coal exports by Kinder-Morgan. Please consider providing oral or written testimony to the Planning Commission.

Read Riverkeeper’s overview and talking points regarding the proposed expansion at Port Westward.

You can email comments to glen.higgins@co.columbia.or.us or deliver them in person at the May 6th meeting.