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Coal Exports


Heavy Traffic STILL Ahead: Learn what this means for the Inland Northwest
When: Tuesday, April 15th from 2:30 4:30

Where: Gonzaga Law Barbieri Moot Courtroom

What: a public presentation & open question and discussion time

Traffic expert Terry C. Whiteside, of Whiteside & Associates, Billings, MT., and Margie MacDonald of Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) will present findings from the report "Heavy Traffic Still Ahead," which updates WORC's July 2012 report, Heavy Traffic Ahead, and reevaluates the anticipated increase in coal train traffic in light of the current proposals for new or expanded port facilities in the Pacific NW.

In addition, the update discusses the combined effects of oil trains traveling from North Dakota over the same routes. The report also identifies impacts to communities along the transport route, consequences for existing rail users, including grain shippers and passenger service, and how coal export could affect rail corridors already near capacity.

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart will open with some remarks on the issue of coal / oil transport through the inland Northwest, and will then introduce Terry and Margie
For more information, please contact Bart Mihailovich at 509.835.5211 or bart@cforjustice.org

Co-sponsors of the presentation include Gonzaga Law School, The Lands Council, Spokane Riverkeeper & the Sierra Club.




Imagine 40 -70 coal trains a day added to the trains now moving through Spokane.

The Powder River Basin in Eastern Montana and Wyoming holds billions of tons of coal, owned or leased by Arch Coal, Peabody Energy and others. The companies are pushing for huge new coastal terminals to be built near Bellingham and Longview to handle increased shipments primarily bound for China.

This would add over 8,000 coal trains per year on Washington State's rail system. Coal would be hauled on BNSF Railway right through downtown Spokane.

Those who live along the rail lines that would carry the coal through Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington share concerns about the hidden costs to health, safety, the environment and pocketbook.

Railroad engines burn diesel. Documented health effects of diesel emissions near busy rail yards include chronic heart and lung disease, and asthma. The very young and elderly are most affected. Cancer is also implicated.

The rail industry says 500 pounds or more of coal dust per car is lost in transit. That can destabilize rail beds, contributing to derailments.

Keep up to date and for more information visit 

Power Past Coal or  Coal Free Washington

Please contact Mike Petersen if you have questions - mpetersen@landscouncil.org


 

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