14,000 Comments About NW Coal Export Terminal

EarthFix, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Associated Press, January 22, 2013

About 14,000 comments have come in on the coal export terminal proposed for Cherry Point north of Bellingham, Washington. Photo credit: Katie Campbell

About 14,000 comments have come in on the coal export terminal proposed for Cherry Point north of Bellingham, Washington. Photo credit: Katie Campbell

EVERETT, Wash. — After seven public meetings across Washington about a proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham more than 14,000 comments have been collected.

The comments will determine issues to be examined in an environmental study.

State Ecology Department spokesman Larry Altose told The Daily Herald a final decision on the terminal from the department, Corps of Engineers and Whatcom County is at least a couple of years away.

The terminal is the largest of five proposed in Washington and Oregon that would ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to power plants in Asia.

Supporters say it would help the economy. Opponents are concerned about long, dusty coal trains and the effect on climate change from burning coal anywhere in the world.

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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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