Activists Push to Halt Coal Exports, Coal Burning | The Lund Report

The Lund Report, November 8, 2012
By Christen McCurdy

Local health, environmental and clean energy groups participate in a screening to hear about the struggles of activists in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia

November 8, 2012 — The fight to keep coal trains from passing through Oregon on their way to ports overseas was put in a national context at a free screening of the documentary, The Last Mountain, at Portland’s Bagdad Theater last week.

The screening was sponsored by Multnomah County, and was followed by a panel of speakers from local health, environmental and clean energy groups. But the film focused on the efforts of activists in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley – those whose families had lived in the area for generations, as well as outsiders, including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – to halt the removal of Coal River Mountain by coal giant Massey Energy. Activists went so far as to raise money to install wind turbines at the summit of the mountain, and while the result of their efforts was not documented in the film, the mountain is still marked for removal.

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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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