Oregon Public Broadcasting, EarthFix, October 23, 2012
By Jes Burns
The Eugene City Council Monday night voiced opposition to a tentative plan to ship trainloads of coal through the city. The Wyoming coal would be exported to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay.
The non-binding resolution covers many community concerns, such as potential health problem and the decline in property values along rail routes. In addition, it says exporting coal to Asia is inconsistent with Eugene’s own city goals of carbon neutrality. Councilor Betty Taylor acknowledged that the resolution would not actually stop the shipments, but cited the symbolic importance of the vote.
“We can’t stop it, but we can certainly express an opinion. Whatever we can do to stop this, we should do. I thought we should vote on this the first time it came up,” Taylor said. “Definitely we should add our voice to those people who are standing up for the environment, the health of people and common sense.”