Coal terminal foes hail decision to consider climate change impact

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.

The EIS for the proposed Gateway coal export terminal is to consider a range of environmental conditions, including climate change.

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.”

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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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