Portland Activist Uses Her Art To Protest Coal Export Terminals

EarthFix, Oregon Public Broadcasting, January 24, 2013

Editor’s Note: Should coal from Wyoming and Montana be transported through the Pacific Northwest and shipped to Asia? In our occasional series, “Voices of Coal,” we bring you diverse perspectives of people with a stake in that debate. Today’s installment: The artist-turned-activist.

Artist Bonnie Meltzer lives near one of the busiest rail intersections in Portland. Known as the North Portland Junction, the intersection lies about two miles south of the Washington border. If coal export terminals proposed for Coos Bay and the Port of St. Helens are built, as many as 10 coal trains from the Powder River Basin could travel every day near Meltzer’s home.

Portland artist and activist Bonnie Meltzer lives near one of the busiest rail intersections in Portland. Photo: Toni Tabora-Roberts

Portland artist and activist Bonnie Meltzer lives near one of the busiest rail intersections in Portland. | credit: Toni Tabora-Roberts

Meltzer created an art exhibit to convey her opposition to the coal dust and air pollution coal trains might carry into her neighborhood.

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