New Wyoming governor seeks port access for coal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming's new governor says he will fight to make sure companies mining in the state can export coal overseas.

Republican Mark Gordon said in his first state of the state address Wednesday that coal plants built in Japan and South Korea can reduce current carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

Such emissions are a leading cause of climate change. Currently mines in Wyoming are the biggest source of coal for U.S. power plants.

Companies mining in Wyoming want to export more coal overseas but have been unable to get significant access to ship coal through ports in the Pacific Northwest.

Gordon says delays in permitting coal exports through those ports are an unconstitutional restraint on trade and he will advocate for access to coal markets.