Group doesn't want coal trains in Bellingham

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- A Bellingham group says it want to stop coal trains from using a terminal in the city, but they face steep legal challenges.

The Bellingham Herald reports that (http://bit.ly/s5BjhT) a new political action committee called No Coal! plans to push for a new city ordinance that would prohibit any transport of coal through Bellingham by rail or any other means.

But Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokeswoman Suann Lundsberg says federal law requires the railroad to ship coal and other legal cargoes that shippers want to move via rail.

Still, No Coal!'s Rick Dubrow says they are setting out to establish new legal groundwork. He says the group wants want to put the legal rights of communities and ecosystems on equal or greater footing with the rights of railroads and other corporations.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com