Coos Bay Ends Agreement to Export Coal

COOS BAY, Ore. — The Port of Coos Bay is ending its efforts to work with a California company to export coal.

Port reps say they extended the deadline several times waiting for the company, Metro Ports, to give them a solid plan for exporting coal out of their terminal. The two other players in the deal have already dropped out and now local opposition couldn’t be happier.

“When we first heard the news that this mainstay project was dead on arrival, we were ecstatic and also in a way feeling victorious in that we had predicted all along that they could not withstand public scrutiny,” says Beyond Toxics Executive Director, Lisa Arkin.

While the Port of Coos Bay says it ended its exclusive negotiating agreement, Metro Ports could decide to return with alternative plans.