Company sues Washington state for blocking coal export terminal

The Hill: A coal company hoping to build a coal export terminal in Washington state sued the state government Wednesday for blocking the project.

Lighthouse Resources Inc. said in its federal lawsuit that Washington’s decision amounts to an unconstitutional ban on coal exports and imposes illegal restrictions on railroad and ship operations.

“It’s no secret that Washington state officials are philosophically opposed to coal,” Everett King, the company’s president, said in a statement. “But that does not give them legal authority to discriminate against this project and block foreign trade and interstate commerce.”

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