In a joint amicus brief filed in U.S. Federal Court on Tuesday, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming present legal arguments supporting a proposed coal port expansion in Washington state.
In September 2017, the State of Washington denied environmental permits necessary for the Millennium Bulk Terminals expansion project located in Longview, Washington. The project would increase commodity export capacity, allowing increased shipment of Powder River Basin Coal to expanding Asian markets.
The federal case is currently in its early stages. If it moves forward, the states will file additional briefs, expounding the legal violations by the State of Washington. At full build-out, the terminal would be capable of exporting 44 million metric tons of coal. In 2016, Montana, which has one quarter of the world’s recoverable coal reserves mined 32 million metric tons of coal.