Wyoming, Montana seek Supreme Court ruling on coal exports

Published: Jan. 22, 2020 at 8:13 AM CST
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Wyoming and Montana are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on Washington State's denial of a permit for a port facility that could boost U.S. coal exports.

The coal-producing Rocky Mountain states argue in a filing Tuesday the denial violates the U.S. Constitution. Washington State in 2017 denied a key permit for South Jordan, Utah-based Lighthouse Resources to be able to proceed with its $680 million Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, Washington. Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon said Tuesday the denial is a “de facto blockade” on coal-mining states.

A spokesman for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington will continue to defend its decision.

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