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Originally published Monday, April 1, 2013 at 5:27 PM

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Last partner drops out of Coos Bay, Ore. coal port

The last partner has dropped out of a proposal to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay in Oregon.

AP Environmental Writer

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. —

The last partner has dropped out of a proposal to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay in Oregon.

The port issued a statement Monday saying Metropolitan Stevedore Company of Wilmington, Calif., known as Metro Ports, did not renew the exclusive negotiating agreement that expired Sunday. Two other partners dropped out earlier.

Port CEO David Koch said the port is continuing to develop new shipping facilities, but did not say if that would include coal.

Environmentalists have mounted a campaign to stop the proposed shipments, arguing that burning coal in Asia contributes to global warming and that huge trains filled with coal would be bad for the health of communities along the route.

Four other Northwest ports are still working on coal shipping proposals.

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