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February 18, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Coal trains: Kudos for reviewing the Longview terminal

As a young person deeply concerned about climate change, I am very proud of Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Ecology for taking a stand and requiring a broad environmental impact statement for the Longview coal export terminal proposal [“Proposed coal terminal near Longview faces broad review,” Local News, Feb….

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Comments | More in Climate change, Coal train | Topics: coal terminal, Coal trains, Gov. Jay Inslee

August 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Coal-study findings recently released by Seattle mayor

Impacts are important A coal train goes through Seattle on the way to Vancouver, B.C. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times] I am shocked at Lauri Hennessey’s misleading, unsupported comments about Mayor Mike McGinn regarding the coal-export study. [“Mayor had coal-study findings since July,” page one, Aug. 20.] I hope readers will look at the actual study and…

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Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: coal exports, Coal trains, environmental impact

August 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

The impact of the coal trains and exports in Washington

The law of unintended consequences A coal train rolls through SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Friday, April 26, 2013, in Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.] I recently stopped at a railroad crossing and was amazed at the length of time it took to wait for the coal train to pass. [“Mayor had coal-study findings since July,”…

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Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: coal exports, Coal trains, impact

July 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Fossil fuels and global warming

China will get its coal somewhere The coal seam at the Spring Creek mine near Decker, Montana is 80-feet deep and is taken out in 200-feet wide increments. The mining company is the fourth largest in the country and much of the coal is headed to the Far East through Washington, spurring debate about increased train…

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Comments | More in Economy, Environment, Politics | Topics: biocarbon, carbon, carbon tax

July 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Coal terminals and air pollution

Pollution should be main focus of debate A coal train rolls through SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Friday, April 26, 2013, in Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.] With all the talk of long waits at crossings and jobs that will be produced with coal terminals, I find it amazing that no one addresses the elephant in the…

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Comments | More in Economy, Environment, Seattle | Topics: air, air pollution, coal

July 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Congested cities concerned about coal-train traffic

Congestion is a make-or-break issue The Millennium Bulk coal export terminal site in Longview, in Cowlitz County. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.] So Ken Miller, of Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, doesn’t believe the rail congestion is a make-or-break issue. [“Coal trains a concern for congested cities,” page one, June 30.] Many would disagree with that. If…

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Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Transportation | Topics: bridge, coal, Coal trains

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…

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

May 20, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Proposals to ship coal by train through Northwest ports

Keep the coal in the ground A coal train moves through Seattle en route to Vancouver, B.C. Efforts to bring coal terminals to Washington and Oregon have enlisted some lobbyists and public-relations firms long connected with environmental causes. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) Roger McClellan expresses discomfort with the way activists are using anecdotal evidence of…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: coal, coal industry, Coal trains

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