Backers of Longview Coal Export Terminal Lonely in Tacoma at Fifth and Final Hearing

Allison Roberts News

Hundreds of red-shirted opponents of a coal-export facility in Longview packed a hearing in Tacoma Thursday, concerned about local and global spin-off effects of the project.

The “scoping” hearing was the fifth and final one in a series of meetings held around the state. Opponents have dominated all of them.

By now they have a well-practiced routine, waving signs, handing out free T-shirts and rallying around a 12-foot inflated globe and giant salmon puppets.

In Tacoma, City Council member Ryan Mello was head cheerleader at a pre-hearing rally next to the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center where the 5 p.m. hearing took place.

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