Interested in getting engaged in the fight to stop the Gateway Pacific Terminal project and West Coast coal export? Here's how to get started:
The best way you can help is to sign up to volunteer at the Power Past Coal Campaign Office. Just a couple hours makes a big difference.
RE Sources and Power Past Coal are operating a campaign office at 2309 Meridian Street in Bellingham. Working together, we can stop this thing. We want your help! Drop by, make some calls, knock on some doors, and get the word out.
Contact Matt Petryni (email@example.com, 360-303-1660) to sign up.
Every month local activists gather together at the RE Sources Sustainable Living Center from 6:30pm - 8:30pm to share their news and best practices, hear the latest updates from the Power Past Coal campaign trail, find out about upcoming events and actions, and meet other local community members getting engaged in the fight against Big Coal.
*Our next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30pm at RE Sources Sustainable Living Center. Light refreshments will be provided.
Tell the Army Corps of Engineers We Need an Area-Wide Review of the Cumulative Impacts of Dangerous Coal Export Proposals
Recent derailments have further heightened concerns about the cumulative impacts of proposal for 150 million tons of coal moving through our communities.
Tell the Army Corps of Engineers we need to have a clear, comprehensive, and cumulative review of the risks and threats of coal exports on our communities -- from mine to rail, and from port to plant!
We are deeply saddened about the three coal trains derailed across the country this month - including one in eastern Washington - holding up or re-routing dozens of trains, and spilling hundreds if not thousands of tons of dirty and toxic coal.
Even more tragic is the news that two people were found dead beneath the train wreckage in Chicago. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those that have been killed.
Unfortunately, these tragedies involving coal train derailments are not a new problem. Record high temperatures and coal dust undermine the integrity of train tracks and are known to cause derailments. It's so bad the railroads have been fighting to get Big Coal to reduce coal dust pollution from their trains.
These incidents illustrate just one of the many economic, health, safety, and environmental risks posed by exporting coal through the Pacific Northwest. Could you imagine a coal train derailing in the Columbia River Gorge, Seattle, Spokane, Aberdeen, Longview, Bellingham or dozens of other communities in Washington?
The only way we can ensure our families and communities will be protected from dangerous coal exports is if people like you across Washington urge the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a regional environmental review of the threats of coal exports -- but if you don't act it won't happen!
Write the Army Corps of Engineers and ensure, at a minimum, that all the facts are laid on the table through an area-wide environmental study of coal exports and its dangers, before any dirty coal export project is approved!
The dangers of coal exports affect our whole region and our entire planet. Act now to protect our communities and our children’s future.
If you feel strongly about preventing the transport of coal through your community and the export of coal from the west coast make your voice heard by submitting a short Letter to the Editor of your local paper. Letters to the Editor (LTE) are the second most read section of the paper and are a great place to share your views and opinions on critical issues like this one.
Please note: Letters must include your name, and often your address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters should not exceed 350 words and should avoid personal invective. Additionally, many newspapers no longer accept written LTEs and now only accept submissions through their websites. Make sure to check and see how the paper you are proposing to submit your letter to prefers to receive these types of submissions.
Contact Matt Petryni if you need information to help prepare your letter. We're happy to email key facts and other information to help you prepare a persuasive and informative letter.
Continue to pressure and support your City Councilors for a resolution that opposes the terminal. In addition to traffic and health concern, encourage them to think globally, and continue to speak out about the following impacts of a coal terminal:
Oil spill risks to Puget Sound. It's not just Bellingham - the impacts and potential risks that can come with 487 single hulled enormous bulk carriers moving along our coast must be fully studied in the EIS. An oil spill would be catastrophic for Bellingham, whether it happens here or in the waters of the migration routes of our wild salmon stocks and orcas, and we need to be aware of the risk before this decision is made.
Anchorages in Bellingham Bay. You may have noticed the tankers anchored in Bellingham Bay. Well, as coal loading gets backed up, where will coal bulkers - some twice the size of those tankers - find protected waters to anchor? Our boaters, fishermen, windsurfers, and kayakers deserve to know if they'll be able to use the bay.
Fighting back against climate change. Washington State has been a leader on phasing out coal-fired power plants and we should make sure we aren't harmed by new coal-burning power plants on other continents, or by subsidizing increasing levels of coal consumption with our environmental, human health, and tax dollars.
The risks of ocean acidification to our seafood industry. We rely on a healthy ocean for recreation and for business - many in Bellingham still make a living catching wild salmon. We need to make sure that developing North America's largest coal export terminal at the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve does not harm critical salmon stocks, herring, or our crab fishery.
Contact Information for the Bellingham City Council
Bellingham City Council
In order to maintain our efforts, we need your financial support. A donation of just $50 today will go a long way to sustain the campaign against coal export and will make you a RE Sources member, complete with a free t-shirt!
Please spread the word to everybody that you know - this is a local, regional, and global issue that will affect us all. Those interested in learning more can check out our main page on the GPT proposal or stop by the Bellingham Power Past Coal Campaign Office at: