Lighthouse Resources Inc. filed a federal lawsuit against Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and members of his administration for blocking coal mined in Wyoming, Montana and other western sister states from being exported through a terminal in Washington, which it alleged is in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause and other federal statutes. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Washington, detailed how state officials allegedly violated the U.S. Constitution and federal law by unreasonably denying and refusing to process permits to redevelop a brownfield site on the Columbia River where an existing Washington state lease allows coal exports.
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