I’m disappointed to see the Wyoming Legislature is considering a bill (HB0123) to override Washington states’ laws. Wyomingite’s should be disappointed too. The bill would spend $250,000 of your tax dollars to infringe on another states’ right to enforce their own laws.
I live in Longview, Washington where a coal export terminal is proposed. The project has received five permit denials and is, for all intents and purposes, dead. Yet Wyoming legislators want to sue Washington in a desperate attempt to override our local and state decision-makers.
I am opposed to the coal terminal. I worked to stop it. But my community engagement didn’t begin with coal. A decade ago, a pipeline company tried to use eminent domain to take my timber farm and build a pipeline for a gas export terminal on the Columbia River. They claimed that my right to own timber was less important than their right to export gas to Asia. By defending my property rights against the pipeline company, I saw how far corporations are willing to go to harm smaller property owners. It’s wrong. What your legislature is attempting right now is no different. Wyoming doesn’t have eminent domain over Washington and I’m sure that your legislators can come up with a better way to spend a quarter million dollars.