According to the latest reports, “A company hired to persuade Gov. John Kitzhaber to block a massive coal export terminal had a year earlier retained First Lady Cylvia Hayes as a consultant.” The Oregonian,
Resource Media Inc., a Seattle-based environmental PR firm, helped coordinate a media campaign last spring aimed at convincing Kitzhaber that a proposed coal export terminal at the Port of Morrow was a bad idea.
That was a year after the company hired Hayes as a paid consultant through her Bend-based company, 3E Strategies. In February 2013, Resource Media inked 3E Strategies to a 10-week, $20,611 contract
Coal terminal opponents reached out to Hayes in early 2014 to discuss the coal issues and keep her updated on their anti-export terminal campaign. Kitzhaber has long voiced concern about the environmental impact of coal. But soon after the environmentalists’ campaign, he came out forcefully against the coal terminal.