Power Past Coal is an ever-growing alliance of health, environmental, businesses, clean-energy, faith and community groups working to stop coal export off the West Coast. Over 100 organizations are part of the coalition. www.powerpastcoal.org
he Millenium Bulk Terminal in Longview, WA, would handle up to 44 million metric tons of coal each year, with 16 coal trains a day proposed to run through Washington state, worsening traffic problems in communities along the rail lines. The state draft environmental impact statement found that the proposed project would have environmental impacts in 21 of the 23 areas studied, including water quality, fish and wildlife, groundwater and local communities.
TAKE ACTION: The comment period on the national draft environmental impact statement is from September 30th to November 29th, 2016.
US Army Corps of Engineers issued a landmark decision to deny federal permits for SSA Marine’s proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, a coal export facility at Xwe’chi’eXen, also known as Cherry Point, Wash. In January 2015, the Lummi Nation asked the Army Corps to reject the project because of its significant harm to their treaty-protected fisheries and ancestral lands.
The historic decision marks the first time that a coal export facility has been rejected based on its negative impacts to the treaty rights of a tribal nation.
Read the Power Past Coal press release here. Read the Bellingham Herald story and watch a video of Lummi tribal members listening to the phone call from US Army Corps of Engineers here.
Read more about the economic, environmental, cultural, social, and health impacts of the project at our Gateway Pacific Terminal archive page.
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