A train leaves Spokane, Wash., a funnel for rail traffic to the Pacific Coast Energy firms want to move more raw materials through the region.
Photo credit: Rajah Bose for The New York Times.
From Rachael Stoeve, Yes! Magazine:
“The Other Keystone”: Seattle Gears Up for Direct Action Against Coal Export Plan
“Activists are also amping up the fight against coal trains in Washington state, which pits ordinary citizens against multibillion-dollar companies such as Peabody Energy. Since 2010, communities in Washington have mobilized against the development of two large coal terminals: Gateway Pacific Terminal in Cherry Point, near Bellingham, and Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview. Gateway Pacific is currently under environmental review, and Millennium Bulk has entered the public hearings process.
Organizers with 350 [350.org, an environmental group focused on climate change] Seattle claim that the total emissions from fuel delivered by the coal terminals and several additional planned projects would be three times that of Keystone XL.”