Stop 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
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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
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.
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