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Coal trains’ spills/dust threatens Columbia River, Puget Sound salmon –
Yet Corps of Engineers approves Longview coal terminal


Coal train along the Columbia River.
Photo by Daniel Dancer.

* Coal and oil trains transit Thurston County.
* Coal dust and spills threaten salmon habitat
* Army Corps of Engineers denies Bellingham area coal permit
* Army Corps of Engineers flip flops on WA. coal trains
* Army Corps of Engineers says coal trains no threat to Longview/Columbia River
* “Who’s on First?”



– “What?
Army Corps Suddenly Decides Coal Trains Won’t Harm Salmon-Filled Columbia River”

“The next Standing Rock is the Longview Millennium coal export facility. Water protectors know coal dust is like a pipeline accident that happens daily.

“In May, the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for a coal shipping terminal north of Bellingham in Washington. The $700 million project would have interfered with the Lummi Nation’s treaty rights to fish for salmon. ‘The Gateway Pacific Terminal would have a greater than de minimus impact on the Lummi Nation’s (treaty) rights,’ said Seattle District Commander Col. John Buck.

So no permit. Whew! The Army Corps gets it. Progress.”

“The Army Corps, the same agency, the same office that a few months ago championed treaty rights for the Lummi Nation, now says another major coal terminal 200 miles down the road in Washington is just fine. A couple weeks ago, the Corps released a draft environmental impact statement for the Millennium Bulk Terminal port in Longview. The project would ship coal from Montana and Wyoming out of a port on the Columbia River.”

“Coal could enter water as either coal dust or as the result of a coal spill,’ the draft EIS says,” quoting Mark Trahant, YES! Magazine.
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– “Old treaties, new alliances empower Native Americans”
“The simmering standoff between the police and Native Americans and their allies who oppose a giant oil pipeline project in North Dakota is the most visible sign yet of an emerging movement that is shifting the debate about how public lands across North America should be managed.

From the rocky, pebbled beaches north of Seattle, where the Lummi Nation has led the fight against a proposed coal terminal, to southern Utah, where a coalition of tribes is demanding management rights over a proposed new national monument, to the tiny wooded community of Bella Bella, British Columbia, 350 miles north of the U.S. border, Native Americans are asserting old treaty rights and using tribal traditions to protect and manage federally owned land,” quoting Kirk Johnson, The New York Times.
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Posted by Steve on November 21, 2016 at 7:08 am | Permalink

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