Big coal has big plans for Washington State. The largest coal company in the world -Peabody coal- wants to build a massive export terminal in Whatcom county (NW Washington), so they can ship coal from Wyoming and Montana to Asia and all over the world.
This is one of the most important fights against coal in the country right now, because if we lose, it will seriously undermine much of the progress we’ve made to reduce global warming pollution and reduce the amount of dirty coal burned in the United States.
But Washington State can stop the coal industry in its tracks. The most important step right now is to weigh in with the agencies making the first round of decisions on the project before the deadline of Jan. 20.
The proposed export terminal north of Bellingham, would export at least 48 million tons of coal per year and would make it the largest coal export facility in North America. On the way to this port from the Powder River Basin, millions of pounds of coal would be transported annually by train through most of Washington’s population centers, leaving traffic jams and a cloud of harmful coal dust in its wake. Not to mention mercury poisoning blowing back to the West coast from coal burned in Asia and the catastrophic climate impacts from burning that coal.
Over 8,000 concerned citizens like you turned out to 7 hearings throughout Washington and two “People’s Hearings” in Montana in solidarity, this fall. Now we need 50,000 people to make your voices heard.