Ambre to ask for another Morrow coal delay (Updated)
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
State officials will know more later this week on whether Ambre will seek a long or short delay on the Morrow Pacific project.
Updated Aug. 3, 11:55 a.m. Ambre Energy officials will ask for a deadline extension regarding the company’s application to build a coal export facility near Boardman.
The company wants a little more time to assemble information requested by Oregon’s Department of State Lands for the proposed Morrow Pacific coal facility.
Brian Gard, a spokesman for Morrow Pacific, said the company will ask to extend the state's decision deadline until Nov. 1.
"The project is being looked at closely by regulatory agencies, including DSL, which is as it should be; and Morrow Pacific is committed to responding thoroughly and responsively," Gard said. " For example, one DSL request involves review of a cultural resources report required by the (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which will also weigh in on the facility) in its process. We now expect the Corps' review to be completed in the fall of 2013, at which time the information will be provided to DSL.
"It's just a complicated process. This extension does not delay the project's timetable."
Charles Redon, resource coordinator for the DSL’s wetland and waterway conservation division, said Ambre officials asked the state yesterday if the company could, on Monday, request an extension to allow more time as it assembles an application. Ambre needs approval from the state and federal governments to build the facility along the Columbia River in Boardman.
The state had wanted Ambre’s application by Aug. 1 so that the DSL would have 30 days to review before ruling on it.
The delay, which would be the process's third in the last year, will be available early next week.
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