In addition to the array of links to blogs and websites located in the column on the right side of this blog, here is an extensive collection of relevant links from Coal Train Facts, an independent and self-financed registered nonprofit in Washington state, that continually updates their library with the latest information and research available concerning plans to develop coal export facilities on the continent at Cherry Point, in northwest Washington. Their website provides clear, verifiable and easy-to-access information surrounding the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal project at Cherry Point.
The Coal Train Facts website is intended to be a collection of resources for the curious citizen, and a template for communities like ours that wish to be involved in the decision-making process. Be sure to visit the Coal Train Facts Library for additional information.
Contact Information for Officials
- Peter Goldmark, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands is in a position to approve or deny a crucial permit. Contact his office to express your concerns: (360) 902-1000
- CommunityWise Bellingham is a non-profit organization with the goal of identifying potential impacts on the community and articulating actions the community can take. They also maintain a library of studies and research pertaining to the coal train. You can sign up to receive notices about the official SEPA/NEPA process through their website.
- Columbia Riverkeeper, Longview. Their mission is to restore and protect the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean.
- Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community, Longview. LCSCO is dedicated to the preservation of property rights and to the health and safety of our communities.
- The Lands Council, Spokane is dedicated to preserving and revitalizing Inland Northwest forests, water, and wildlife through advocacy, education, effective action, and community engagement.
- The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League has presented a press release regarding a coal port at Cherry Point.
- People for Puget Sound is a citizens’ group established in 1991 to protect and restore the health of our land and waters of Puget Sound through education and action.
- Puget Sound Partnership is a community effort of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists, and businesses working together to restore and protect Puget Sound.
- RE-Sources for Sustainable Communities, Bellingham is a non-profit environmental education organization founded in 1982.
- The Sierra Club Washington State Chapter has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself.
- Spokane Riverkeeper is a citizens’ organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the health of the Spokane River Watershed.
- Washington Environmental Council is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that has been driving positive change to solve Washington’s most critical environmental challenges since 1967.
- Whatcom Docs, Whatcom County – is a group of 160 Whatcom County physicians and primary health care providers. The group has put together a position paper regarding potential health impacts of the proposed coal train and port.
- Idaho Conservation League is committed to protecting wilderness and public lands by monitoring mining and logging, motorized recreation management, and wildlife protection.
- Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Kootenai County has been working to protect and restore the environment of the Coeur d’Alene River Basin and the Idaho Panhandle since 1972.
- Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, Sandpoint. Through education, partnership and advocacy, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper works to protect the water quality of Lake Pend Oreille, as well as to improve the health and viability of people and ecosystems that rely upon or live close to Lake Pend Oreille.
- The Sierra Club Idaho Chapter has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself.
- Northern Plains Resource Council is a grassroots conservation and family agriculture group that organizes Montana citizens to protect our water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life.
- The Sierra Club Montana Chapter has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself.
British Columbia, Canada
- CoalWatch formed originally in 2009, when a number of groups and individuals in the Comox Valley came together out of concerns about the proposed Raven coal mining project.
- Dogwood Initiative works to inspire British Columbians to take back decision- making power over the air, land and water we all depend on.
Regional and National
- Beyond Coal is a campaign by the Sierra Club to help move us beyond coal.
- Climate Solutions is a Seattle-based non-profit working to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides.
- Earthjustice is a non-profit environmental law firm dedicated to protecting the natural environment, especially in the American West.
- The National Resource Defense Council’s purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.
- Power Past Coal, a growing coalition of organizations sharing a common interest to prevent the West Coast from becoming a high volume coal corridor.
- Western Organization of Research Councils – is a regional networks whose mission is to advance the vision of a democratic, sustainable, and just society through community action. WORC is committed to building sustainable environmental and economic communities that balance economic growth with the health of people and stewardship of their land, water, and air resources.