Now is the time for interested citizens to express their thoughts on the coal terminal proposed by international energy companies in Longview, WA.
The opportunity began August 16 and will continue though November 18. Those in favor of, or opposed to, a coal-shipping terminal in Longview may express their thoughts at: millenniumbulkeiswa.gov.
Public input will be considered by three government agencies – Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the US Army Corps of Engineers – who will subsequently decide what impacts should be analyzed in an environmental review of the project.
If approved, the Longview enterprise would ultimately export 48.5 million tons of coal sourced from Montana and Wyoming, west down the Columbia River and across the Pacific Ocean to Asia.
Although Salem is 95-miles from Longview, area anti-coal activist Peter Dane feels residents should voice their opposition, calling it, “a significant environmental impact, despite the precautions to minimize the spread of coal dust during transport.” Groups rallying opposition include Greenpeace, the National Wildlife Federation and the Sierra Club. These organizations encourage constituents to ask the agencies involved to examine projected global greenhouse gas emissions, public health risks, and traffic impacts.
Although China is 5,000 miles from Salem, “burning more coal in China will further increase air pollution,” in our area, Dane says.
Because of the global nature of air and wind, negative effects in the Salem area would include toxic contaminants in the Willamette River waters and “blowback” coal pollution from Asia that would settle on Marion and Polk County crops.
The process, according to the Power Past Coal alliance, would also “continue to stoke the climate crisis.”