- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The state of Oregon is allowing Wyoming and Montana to participate in an appeal over a proposed coal terminal on the Columbia River.

Administrators with the Oregon Department of State Lands this summer rejected a proposal to allow construction of the proposed Coyote Island Terminal at Port of Morrow. Oregon ruled building the terminal would threaten its water resources.

The terminal would allow coal mined in Wyoming and Montana to be loaded from trains into barges for shipment down the Columbia River for eventual export to Asian markets.

The Oregon Department of State Lands is hearing an appeal of its rejection of the coal terminal. The agency on Monday ruled that it would allow Wyoming and Montana to participate in the appeal as limited parties. Environmental groups oppose the project.

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