Eastern Washington and northern Idaho activists are gathering in Spokane at noon on Tuesday, October 1, to carpool, coordinate, and participate in a public protest and scoping hearing in Pasco, Washington, about the Millennium Bulk Terminals proposal for coal export facilities in Longview, Washington. The Tri-Cities area, where a unit train derailed and 31 of its cars spilled six million pounds of coal on July 2, 2012, could experience up to 18 more coal trains rolling through these communities every day. The Longview coal port and accompanying train traffic would threaten the human, environmental, and climate health as well as the public safety and economic vitality of the region.
Do not miss your only other inland Northwest opportunity, after the September 25 Spokane rally and hearing, to speak out against coal exports from Longview! Please get an online lottery ticket to testify or share, wear red in opposition to coal, bring your friends, family, and protest signs, and voice your concerns on Tuesday about the broad coal export impacts that county, state, and federal agencies should consider in an upcoming draft environmental impact statement. The Pasco protest commences at 3 pm outside and before the doors to The Trac Center at 6600 Burden Boulevard open at 4 pm, with proposal information displays available until 8 pm. Citizens can offer oral comments between 5 and 8 pm either privately or publicly. Call 509-879-7470 or 208-301-8039 for carpool arrangements with Occupy Spokane, Wild Idaho Rising Tide, and other regional coal export resisters. For further issue and comment process information, see:
Coal Train Derails En Route to Columbia River Gorge (Columbia Riverkeeper)
Coal Exports Face Unprecedented Opposition in the Pacific Northwest (EcoWatch)
What Can We Do to Stop Coal Exports in Longview? (Columbia Riverkeeper)
Environmental Review: Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview Proposal (Washington Department of Ecology)
Tri-Citians Can Voice Coal Terminal Views Tuesday in Pasco (Tri-City Herald)
RSVP for the Pasco Hearing (Power Past Coal)