Coal terminal foes dominate Bellingham hearing

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Most of the 300 people at a meeting on a proposed coal export terminal in Bellingham opposed the $700 million Gateway Pacific project.

The Bellingham Herald reports the purpose of the meeting Wednesday was to identify issues for study in an environmental impact statement. But, many people took the opportunity to oppose the project because of coal dust, climate change from burning exported coal in China and damage to Bellingham's image as a green community.

A labor leader who said the project would provide needed jobs was showered with catcalls from the crowd.

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