Judge upholds Oregon denial of coal terminal permit
Gillian Flaccus, August 12, 2016, The Seattle Times
An administrative law judge in Oregon on Friday found that state regulators acted within their authority when they rejected a proposed coal terminal on the Columbia River that would funnel millions of tons of American coal to power-hungry Asia each year.
The Oregon Department of State Lands did not overstep when they blocked the proposal for the Coyote Island Terminal project at the Port of Morrow because of potential impacts on tribal fishing grounds, Administrative Law Judge Alison Greene Webster said. The ruling is a blow for Montana and Wyoming, both of which had appealed the 2014 decision on grounds that state laws protecting the environment do not take precedence over federal commerce protections enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
“This is a huge, huge decision,” said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, said of Friday’s action. “If you look back at some of their statements previously, these have been their No. 1 talking points.”
Port awards nearly $1 million annual security contract
Marissa Luck, August 12, 2016, The Daily News (tdn.com)
A new private security firm will soon take over security services at the Port of Longview. Commissioners this week awarded a five-year contract to Florida-based G4S. The contract will cost nearly $1 million a year, based on security officers’ hours.
It’s been a decade since the port starting contracting private security services after it switched from being an open port post-9/11, said Norm Krehbiel, Port Interim CEO.
The port’s existing five-year contract with U.S. Security Associates (formerly McRoberts Protective Agency) is slated to expire Sept. 30. The expiration of the contract automatically triggered a competitive selection process.