BOARDMAN -- The Oregon Department of Lands has delayed a permit decision for a proposed coal export terminal at the Port of Morrow that was expected by the end of May.
The agency now plans to delay a decision until Aug. 18 about whether to allow the proposed Coyote Island Terminal, which would transfer coal from rail to barge at Boardman on the Columbia River.
It is the eighth time the permit has been delayed, according to the Sierra Club.
The proposed Ambre Energy project has pitted tribes concerned about impacts to fishing and environmental groups against local officials promoting economic development.
The project would allow up to 8.8 million tons of coal annually to be shipped down the Columbia River for export to Asia.