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May 30, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Northwest coal exports

More extensive study needed

It is extremely disappointing that the Army Corps of Engineers is intending to do only a limited study of the impacts of coal terminals in Oregon and Washington [“Group asks for big picture in Northwest coal-ports decision,” News, May 25].

Thousands of people gave their input on this very subject last November regarding the coal-shipping terminal proposed at Cherry Point, and 90 percent or more of them asked for a wide-ranging study. Were these hearings for nothing? Did the Army Corps already have its mind made up?

Only the coal companies and those intimately associated with them believe that there will be no impact from coal transportation other than from the shipping terminals.

Although the area surrounding the shipping terminals will suffer greatly from coal pollution, each community along the path of coal transportation will also suffer substantially as well. What a tragically shortsighted effort by the Army Corps.

Mike Shaw, Edmonds

Comments | Topics: Army Corps of Engineers, coal exports, coal industry

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