Eugene Council Says No to Coal Trains

Oregon Public Broadcasting, EarthFix, October 23, 2012
By Jes Burns

The Eugene City Council passed a resolution opposing coal trains like these in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.
Photo credit: Katie Campbell

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.”

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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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