Editor’s Note: Should coal from Wyoming and Montana be transported through the Pacific Northwest and shipped to Asia? In our multimedia project, “Voices of Coal,” we bring you nine diverse perspectives from people across the region with a stake in that debate. Today’s installment: The rail town mayor.
Scott Higgins is mayor of Camas, Washington, a town that would see more coal trains if proposed Northwest coal export terminals are approved.
Concerns from community members and advocacy groups brought the issue to his attention. The City Council did some fact-finding and eventually passed a resolution – not for or against the proposals, but asking officials to consider potential impacts to the city.
Higgins doesn’t see any pros or cons. In a city of 20,000, about five people have expressed concerns. “That gives us a little bit of a barometer that most of our citizens realize the same thing our city council realizes. This really isn’t a Camas issue. This is more of a regional and a global issue,” Higgins says.
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