Anti-coal train campaign launched in Bellingham

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — About 200 people turned out in Bellingham Thursday to launch their “Coal-Free Bellingham” campaign.

Organizers say they’ll begin collecting signatures on a petition for an ordinance they hope will give the city authority to block coal trains that would go to a proposed export terminal at Cherry Point.

Chamber of Commerce President Ken Oplinger told The Bellingham Herald (http://is.gd/j5w7TV) it’s an attempt to derail the environmental review for the project that already faces a two-year process for local, state and federal permits.

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