The Power Past Coal coalition launched a billboard and radio advertising campaign Tuesday, March 25, to pressure Gov. John Kitzhaber to reject Ambre Energy’s proposed coal export terminal in Oregon.

The ad campaign comes as Ambre awaits a permitting decision from the Oregon Division of State Lands on its proposed coal transfer dock on the Columbia River. Ambre’s Morrow Pacific project would haul coal mined from the Powder River area of Montana and Wyoming via train to the Port of Morrow in Eastern Oregon. Then the coal would be shipped on covered barges through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, then transferred at Port Westward Industrial Park in Columbia County for shipment across the Pacific Ocean to Asia.

Ambre faces a March 31 deadline to submit information to the Division of State Lands. The Power Past Coal coalition, led by the Sierra Club, wants Kitzhaber to deny the DSL permit.

“By rejecting Ambre’s coal export proposal, we can safeguard our communities and families, keep our air and water safe from toxic coal dust and pollution, and protect our precious natural resources and environments like the Columbia River Gorge that benefit our state and economy,” says Cesia Kearns, co-director of the Power Past Coal coalition.

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