While three Northwest coal export proposals are now off the table, there are three proposed in WA and OR.
Please take a moment to contact key decision makers and let them know that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must be prepared for all coal export proposals in the Northwest, including the Morrow Pacific Project rail to barge project on the Columbia River. Our federal agencies involved should also conduct an in-depth area-wide environmental review that considers impacts from all projects from mine mouth to power plant burning prior to any permits being issued. Please send a message now.
Why is coal export a bad idea?
Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, by far. Across the country, Americans are turning to cleaner energy and phasing out coal power. Because of that, the coal industry has come up with a new plan: strip-mine coal in Montana and Wyoming, transport it on long coal trains through Northwest cities and towns, ship it on massive cargo ships off the West Coast, and sell it to overseas.
Shipping over 100 million metric tons of coal a year through West Coast communities would mean more coal dust and diesel exhaust along the rail lines. Coal train traffic would clog our railroads, ports, and roads, risk our families’ health, pollute our air and water, hurt local economies and continue to stoke the climate crisis.
We can do better. We can Power Past Coal.