The public hearings on the scope of EIS for the Cherry Point Coal terminal are now over, but the agencies are still accepting comment.
THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD WILL END AT 5 PM ON JANUARY 22, 2013.
YOU CAN GO TO NOCOAL.NET TO CUSTOMIZE AND SUBMIT COMMENTS NOW.
Here's where you'll find a collection of written materials used by volunteer facilitators for scoping comment workshops and living room writing sessions. Feel free to download your own copies to host a living room writing session with your friends, or just pass them along to someone who's interested in writing scoping comments.
More information on the scoping comments can also be found at www.coaltrainfacts.org/scoping.
“Scoping” is your first opportunity to make a difference in the permitting process of the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT), the coal terminal proposed for Cherry Point. Before the coal terminal can proceed, a lengthy environmental review must be conducted jointly by Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Until Jan. 21, 2013, these agencies will accept public comment on the scope of this environmental review and you have and several options to be heard.
These agencies want to know what you want them to study; that’s “Scoping.” They will review thousands of public comments and come up a plan of what to study. Scoping is very important—topics left out of the scope of review won’t be studied. It’s up to you to tell the agencies what you want included—and why.
A scoping comment can be written however you want, but comments can be made especially effective by describing how or why the impact you're concerned about is:
All comments received during the scoping process will be considered the same way. There are many ways that you can participate in the scoping process. You can submit comments in person at a scoping meeting or:
Because scoping is an open public comment, you're allowed to discuss whatever concerns you about the GPT coal terminal project. To get started, it might help to consider some of the ways in which the proposal impact certain aspects of our local and global environment:
More impacts can be found in the materials below, at our GPT Impacts page, or at www.coaltrainfacts.org/key-facts.