COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is talking to a company interested in shipping coal through port facilities.
The World newspaper (http://bit.ly/pgWkl3) reports that the formal agreement to negotiate came up at the port commission's regular meeting Thursday night.
The name of the company and details about how much coal would be involved were not disclosed.
A proposal to ship millions of tons of coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia by way of the Columbia River port of Longview, Wash., has been challenged by environmentalists.
Railroad service was recently restored to the Coos Bay area.
Currently, the only West Coast coal export terminal is in British Columbia.