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August 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM
The impact is obvious
Washington’s Department of Ecology doesn’t need two years to find out what we already know about coal terminals. [“State plans sweeping review of coal port,” page one, Aug. 1.]
First, if they nullify Lummi tribal treaties, they will kill hundreds of jobs that have supported Lummi families for thousands of years.
We already can see Boeing sending jobs out of state. Add hundreds of coal trains to the same rail system Boeing uses to ship fuselages, and watch how fast they’ll decide to send thousands more good paying jobs elsewhere.
Trout in our supposedly pristine alpine lakes have high lead content. Coal pollution drifts from China to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, damaging our quality of life here. The coal industry calls it progress.
With all this, there’s only one determination left to make: how shortsighted will the decision makers in Washington state be?
William McQuaid, Seattle
August 2, 2013 at 6:32 AM
State and county taking responsible action
I am heartened that the Washington Department of Ecology will step up to the task shirked by the Army Corps of Engineers. ["State plans sweeping review of coal port," page one, August 1.]
Limiting the environmental-impact study to the export terminals alone would have ignored impacts to communities all along the rail lines, and in fact to all Washingtonians, as the exported coal is turned into carbon pollution overseas.
It’s good to know that our elected officials are listening and capable of taking responsible action.
David Perk, Seattle
June 26, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Deal is unwise, harmful
Will someone please stop the insanity? I read with horror and disbelief that the Crow Tribe of Billings, Mont., has struck a real bowzer of a “deal” in its plans to mine at Powder River Basin, shipping more than 20 million additional tons of coal through Oregon and Washington annually. [“Montana tribe’s coal deal wins government OK,” NW Friday, June 21.]
The economically struggling Crow Tribe anticipates mining jobs and scholarships for its children. 13,000 people stand to benefit from this federally approved agreement. I don’t believe the people in Montana and Wyoming have any idea, however, of the magnitude of the negative impact their greenlighted plan could have on the Pacific Northwest.
Cherry Point, one of two sites in Washington proposed for exporting coal, is home to the Lummi Tribe in Whatcom County, and as a sacred historical site, the Lummi say it is protected by a federally enacted treaty. The Lummi Tribe relies heavily on the local fishing and crabbing industry. This would all be lost and the jobs offered by Gateway Pacific (less than 1,800 to begin with, falling to 294 permanent jobs after construction) would not compensate at all.
We can do better than this sellout “deal.”
Wendy Bartlett, Bellingham
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