Kinder Morgan is no longer planning to build a coal
export at the Port of St. Helens in Oregon, but is still considering exporting coal out of the Pacific Northwest, a spokesman said Wednesday.
"It's not about coal, it's about siting," Allen Fore, a spokesman for Kinder Morgan, said Wednesday.
Kinder Morgan had been conducting due diligence at the Port Westward industrial facility since January 2012 to determine if the site was compatible for a coal export terminal, Fore said. While the site had rail, water, and road access, the company discovered it would not be able to fit the necessary equipment within the footprint, he said.