DeFazio has no objections to Coos Bay coal port

DeFazio has no objections to Coos Bay coal port
U.S. Congressman Peter Defazio is shown during an interview in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) - Rep. Peter DeFazio says he has few qualms about shipping coal to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay.

The Springfield Democrat tells The World newspaper that trying to block plans to ship coal to Asia won't stop countries like South Korea from burning coal to produce electricity.

He adds that free trade agreements make it illegal for the U.S. to block coal exports to South Korea.

That position puts DeFazio at odds with the Eugene City Council and environmental groups, which have raised concerns about coal exports contributing to global warming and trains spreading coal dust as they pass through the Willamette Valley.

Coos Bay is one of six ports in Oregon and Washington proposing to ship coal mined in Wyoming and Montana to Asia.

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Information from: The World

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