Port Activists Want to Stop U.S. Coal Export Terminal January 16, 2011Posted by Jamie Friedland in Climate Change, Coal.
Tags: Coal Exports, Columbia River, Governor Gregoire, Governor Schweitzer, Millennium Bulk Logistics, Washington State
New post at Change.org:
The export facility proposed by Millennium Bulk Logistics will create 71 permanent jobs in Longview, Washington. The site’s current tenant, Chinook Ventures, already employs about 50 people. So let’s put 21 new jobs in the “pro” category (plus 120 temporary construction jobs). That’s about it on the plus side.
Now let’s examine the negatives.
Transporting upwards of five million tons of coal annually has impacts on a local community that range from the inconveniences of increased traffic to more serious hazards such as air pollution. Coal dust is a well-known health risk (and also explosive suspended in the air, but that’s not a likely event). This operation would also threaten fish and wildlife in and around the nearby Columbia River.
Read the full post and sign a petition to help stop this project here.