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Oregon Group Wins Ruling For Coal Export Records

Feb. 1, 2013 | AP
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  • The Oregon chapter of The Sierra Club has won the latest round in its effort to get public records from the Port of Coos Bay about plans to export Powder River Basin coal. credit: Katie Campbell
The Oregon chapter of The Sierra Club has won the latest round in its effort to get public records from the Port of Coos Bay about plans to export Powder River Basin coal. | credit: Katie Campbell | rollover image for more

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon chapter of The Sierra Club has won the latest round in its effort to get public records from the Port of Coos Bay about plans to export coal.

The World newspaper reported Thursday that Circuit Judge Paula Bechtold has ruled the port violated public records law and the Sierra Club’s constitutional rights when it demanded $19,000 to produce the records.

The Sierra Club has been trying to get the records since 2011 as part of a long-running battle over coal exports to Asia, which opponents argue would contribute to global warming.

The port agreed to produce the 2,500 pages of documents, but wanted to be paid for the cost of a lawyer blacking out confidential material.

A port spokeswoman says they haven’t decided whether to appeal.

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