Portland City Council passes resolution against coal trains

The Oregonian, September 19, 2012
By Scott Learn

Portland’s City Council voted 3-0 Wednesday to oppose coal trains running through town until the Army Corps of Engineers fully evaluates the impacts of exporting coal to Asia through the Northwest.

“I oppose exporting the coal problem to other parts of the world,” said Mayor Sam Adams. Commissioners Randy Leonard and Dan Saltzman were absent.

The resolution, introduced by Commissioner Amanda Fritz, also calls for a health impact assessment “by any state, regional or federal agency.”

Union leaders, business representatives and a spokesman for Union Pacific, which runs key rail lines through the city, asked the council to reject the resolution.

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Coal is rearing its head again the Columbia Gorge. The new threat comes in the form of proposals to export coal from Wyoming to coal-fired power plants in China. The coal would be transported via uncovered rail cars through the Columbia Gorge. Many Columbia Gorge Communities in Oregon and Washington support a coal-free world, beginning at home, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, recognizing the importance of people determining what materials are allowable for transport through their communities and watersheds. This blog exists to communicate and advocate for the public interest in issues pertaining to coal transport in the Columbia River Gorge, providing an online outlet for honest discussion and information. To inform and unite local citizens about the damaging effects of coal transport through our communities. To endorse positive and considerate dialogue with the aim of mutual understanding among diverse parties. CLEAN AIR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES NO COAL EXPORTS STOP COAL IN ITS TRACKS
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