Coal export opponents in WA to register protest
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- Opponents of two proposed coal terminals in Washington state say they've gathered thousands of signatures from citizens protesting the projects.
The Longview Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/yFtOOY ) that a group organized by the Washington Environmental Council will deliver 40,000 petition signatures on Wednesday to Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark.
Two coal terminals proposed in Bellingham and Longview would export millions of tons of coal annually from the Powder River basin in Wyoming and Montana to Asia.
Supporters say the projects would create thousands of jobs and generate millions in tax revenue for the state. Opponents worry about health and environmental impacts.
Goldmark's state agency regulates the use of state-owned aquatic lands.
Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com