Ambre Energy subsidiary Coyote Island Terminals, LLC, has applied to Portland District for a Department of the Army permit to build a new shipping terminal at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River near Boardman, Oregon. Coal would be brought to the facility via rail, transferred to barges, shipped down the Columbia River to Port Westward near Clatskanie, Oregon, and loaded onto ocean-going vessels for export.
The facility would include nine dolphins, walkways, a fixed dock and a conveyor system for loading coal, along with enclosed warehouses in the uplands for storing coal prior to loading onto the barges. Approximately 140 permanent piles (from 14 to 24 inches in diameter) and 110 temporary (16-inch diameter) piles would be installed; over 15,000 square feet of new overwater structure would be constructed for this project.
As of Sep. 12, 2014, Portland District has placed its Coyote Island Terminal permit application review on hold pending resolution of the appeal of Oregon Department of State Lands’ permit denial. Evaluation of a substantial amount of information regarding effects of this project would be required for the Corps to process its application to a conclusion. Given that it is unknown whether required state authorization will be subsequently granted, continued use of limited Corps resources for such evaluation is inappropriate. If the state later grants authorization, the applicant can request that we resume our permit application review.