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August 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Coal exports in Washington

Beating the weather A long train carrying coal heads north along the Seattle waterfront en-route to Vancouver, BC. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.] Leading up to the Seattle mayoral elections, we find yet another discrediting article on Mike McGinn. [“Mayor had coal-study findings since July,” page one, Aug. 20.] Still unexamined is how the 18 coal trains…

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Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: climate change, coal, coal terminal

August 8, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Cherry Point project review continues

We must stand up for the environment Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in Quebec, Saturday, July 6. A large swath of Lac Megantic was destroyed Saturday after a train carrying crude oil derailed, sparking several explosions and forcing the evacuation of up to 1,000 people. [AP Photo/The Canadian Press,…

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August 7, 2013 at 5:56 AM

Department of Ecology plans review of coal port

Bad for the economy Let’s dispense with the Department of Ecology’s review and save the state several million dollars. [“State plans sweeping review of coal port,” page one, Aug. 1.] There’s no way this coal project will ever get approved by the state of Washington. But let’s at least acknowledge a few things in the process. One,…

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Comments | More in Economy, Environment, Politics | Topics: business, coal terminal, coal train

August 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Environmental review of Cherry Point coal port

The impact is obvious The state Department of Ecology is launching an environmental review of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. The terminal, and the coal trains it would bring, have been an issue of hot debate among Washingtonians. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.] Washington’s Department of Ecology doesn’t need two years to find out…

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August 2, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Sweeping environmental review for Cherry Point coal port

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…

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June 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Army Corps of Engineers has narrow scope for coal review

Carbon emissions must be considered One hundred twenty-five cars long, this train being loaded at the Spring Creek mine in southeastern Montana is headed west through Washington State to British Columbia and shipped to plants in the Far East, especially, energy poor countries including South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.] My faith in…

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Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: Army Corps of Engineers, carbon dioxide, coal

June 26, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Coal deal between Montana tribe and energy company

Deal is unwise, harmful An aerial view of pipelines criss-crossing a Powder River Basin coal bed methane field near Gillette, Wy. [(AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Larry Mayer.] 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…

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June 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Review of coal impact will focus solely on Northwest

Full scope of consequences of coal must be considered A coal train rolls through SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Friday, April 26, 2013, in Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.] I agree with Lance Dickie regarding the Army Corps of Engineers’ recent decision not to perform a comprehensive review of a proposal that would dramatically increase the number…

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June 22, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Coal impact will be measured in Pacific Northwest alone

Coal is bad for families A long train carrying coal heads north along the Seattle waterfront en-route to Vancouver, BC. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.] The indifference of the Army Corps of Engineers to the continued destructive global and regional effects resulting form the mining, shipping and burning of coal is also gross indifference to the health…

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June 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Coal impact will be measured in Pacific Northwest alone

Army Corps decision irresponsible One hundred twenty-five cars long, this train being loaded at the Spring Creek mine in southeastern Montana is headed west through Washington State to British Columbia and shipped to plants in the Far East, especially, energy poor countries including South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.] I am writing to…

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