The number of comments on the Millennium coal export terminal proposed for Longview, Wash. exceeds the 125,000 comments received on the Gateway Pacific coal export project in Bellingham, Wash., earlier this year.
As Washington and Oregon consider proposals for three coal export terminals, many have raised questions about how much coal dust could come off the trains that would service those terminals, now some new results are in.
If you are wondering what 125,000 people have said about the proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Wash., you can take a look at a new report that came out Monday.
Scott Higgins is mayor of Camas, Wash., a town that would see more coal trains if proposed Northwest coal export terminals are approved. Although it's been a divisive issue, Higgins is walking a tightrope, saying he's neither for nor against transporting coal through his town.
A proposed coal export terminal in Coos Bay, Ore., would route coal trains just 100 feet from Richard and Tonya Burkholder’s home and business. They say they would welcome the trains as part of an economic boost to their coastal community.
Jay Julius is a fisherman and a member of the Lummi Nation tribal council. Lummi people have lived on the shores of Puget Sound north of Bellingham for thousands of years. Not far from their reservation lies Cherry Point, the proposed site for the largest coal export terminal in North America.
Robbie Robinson lives near the BNSF rail yard in Spokane, Wash. Robinson suffers from asthma and allergies. She says her breathing problems got worse when she moved to Spokane from a rural area.
Robert Hill conducts some of the coal trains that travel through the Northwest. To him, concerns about coal dust and noise from coal trains are overblown. He knows more coal will mean more jobs like his at BNSF Railway.