Protecting the Environment
As part of Ambre Energy’s commitment to do business the Oregon way, the Morrow Pacific project has been designed to meet or exceed all state and federal regulations in order to protect air and water quality, and fish and wildlife habitat.
Train cars will be sprayed with a surfactant before leaving the Intermountain states. The unloading facility and storage area at the Port of Morrow will be completely enclosed.
From the Port of Morrow, coal will be shipped downriver on specially built, enclosed barges. Conveyors to load the barges will also be enclosed.
At the Port of St. Helens, an enclosed transloader will transfer the coal directly from the covered barges to the covered holds of oceangoing vessels.
The Morrow Pacific project will work with experienced stevedoring and longshoring companies that use proven and well-established shipping methods. These methods and technology have proven track records of environmental safety on the Columbia River and across the U.S.
Key aspects of the project will be subject to review by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of State Lands and other regulatory agencies, ensuring that Oregon’s high environmental standards are met.