As elected officials in the Columbia River Gorge, we are frequently asked to weigh in on projects that affect our local quality of life. Few, however, present such potentially adverse economic and environmental effects as the continuing expansion of coal shipments. Only a few trains currently transport coal through the gorge, and already we’re seeing the damage caused by coal dust on our landscape and in our waterways. Now we face a new threat: the prospect of coal shipments by barge for export to Asia through Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific project.
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