At state convention, Democrats pass resolutions on coal-exporting terminals

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Democrats at the state convention passed two resolutions related to construction of a terminal to export coal. The following Democrats were asked to oppose construction of the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point: • U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett • Sen. Maria Cantwell • Sen. Patty Murray • Gov. Chris Gregoire • Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. The resolution …

Missoula City Council supports study of coal trains’ effects

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Everyone who breathes will be at risk in Missoula if all the planned coal terminals on the Pacific Coast get built out – and coal train traffic here skyrockets, one doctor said Monday. “It is a fact that putting that much particulate from coal into our airshed will dramatically increase the diagnoses of asthma, pneumonia, lung and sinus infection, allergies, …

State seeks wide-ranging of all coal terminals in NW, including Cherry Point

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Coal terminals from Coos Bay, Ore., to Cherry Point will have combined impacts on the environment that require their own formal study, a state agency said. The Washington Department of Ecology on Monday, May 7, requested a regional review of as many as six coal terminal projects that could be built in Washington and Oregon. The agency’s position came in …

Oregonians Rally with Robert F. Kennedy to Power Past Coal

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Several hundred activists gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square today to rally against exporting Montana and Wyoming coal from Northwest ports, an effort to signal the industry that it’s in for a no-holds-barred fight. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., chief prosecuting attorney for Hudson Riverkeeper and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, took top billing.  Based on his experience fighting coal mining in …

Power Past Coal Rally with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and many other leaders

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Over 600 gathered at the rally in Portland, OR on May 7th to hear speakers including: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman Waterkeeper Alliance, Chief Prosecuting Attorney for Hudson Riverkeeper; Paul Lumley, Executive Director Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, citizen of the Yakama Nation; Chair Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County; Hao Xin, Executive Director, Green Zhejiang, Qiantang River Waterkeeper; Toni Montgomery, Grandmother, …

Oregon Gov. calls for sweeping review of planned coal exports from Northwest ports

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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber wants an extensive federal government review of exporting coal to Asia through Northwest ports, saying coal export could clog barge and train routes, increase diesel and coal dust pollution and boost amounts of toxic mercury drifting back to Oregon when Asian countries burn coal. Read the whole Oregonian story here.

Groups Protest Plan to Move Coal Through Oregon

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About 80 people came from across Oregon, including communities in the Columbia River Gorge and Coos Bay. The Power Past Coal coalition, a collaboration of health, environmental and faith groups, organized the rally. Coal companies have proposed six sites in Oregon and Washington to build coal export terminals. If approved, Oregonians could see a massive increase in the number of …