Report: Louisiana parish deals another blow to coal export terminal project

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that on Jan. 8 the Plaquemines Parish Council denied the controversial RAM Terminals LLC coal export facility’s building permit.

There were already issues for the project from a December ruling by Plaquemines Judge Kevin Connor that the state Department of Natural Resources coastal-use permit for the facility was invalid and that the state must “investigate alternative sites,” the newspaper said. Connor, in his Dec. 23 ruling, remanded the case to the DNR for further proceedings.

Eight of the parish council members on Jan 8 voted against the building permit, with one abstaining.

The Sierra Club on Nov. 10 of this past year vowed to keep fighting this coal export terminal project on the Lower Mississippi River following a Nov. 7 approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of a key project permit. The permit allows RAM Terminals, an affiliate of western Kentucky coal producer Armstrong Energy, to fill wetlands and construct its proposed RAM coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish, La.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.