Puget Sound Business Journal, July 31, 2013
By Steve Wilhelm
In an announcement that buoyed foes of a proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, government reviewers of the project said they will consider the global climate impact from burning the coal in China.
Potential climate impact will be among a variety of issues included in the environmental review of the controversial proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal.
Supporters of the proposed terminal were quick to denounce today’s announcement.
“Washington state has set a new precedent that could potentially interfere with international commerce laws protecting rail and trade and discourage new business investment in the state,” said a statement from the Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports, a business group.
But Cesia Kearns, campaign director for the Power Past Coal campaign, praised the decision.
“This scope is a reflection of Northwest values – the depth and breadth of the scope is absolutely on target and appropriate given the impacts this project would have on our way of life,” she wrote. “Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel by far and we need fully evaluate what coal export would cost Northwest communities.”