Oregon Public Broadcasting

Portland General Electric is putting the brakes on one of two coal-export terminals proposed for the Port of St. Helens.

The utility leases land at the Port where Kinder Morgan wants to build a coal-export facility.

But PGE spokesman Steve Corson says the coal export project isn't compatible with his company's natural gas power plant nearby.

"The concern is that the coal dust could interfere with our equipment at the plant, and with operations of that equipment, which involves various kinds of air intake and so forth. Our plants there represent an investment of literally hundreds of millions of dollars and are an important component of service to our customers."

PGE has declined to sublease land to Kinder Morgan for the proposed coal terminal. But Corson says PGE isn't necessarily opposed to all coal export projects.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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