When we think about the Pacific Northwest, we think about the unsurpassed beauty of the natural environment and the independent spirit of the people who live there. What we don’t think about is coal and climate change.
But in the coming months, Millennium Bulk Terminals plans to build the largest coal export terminal in the US near Longview, Washington, right on the Columbia River. The terminal would bring 16 new trains a day to Longview, add 840 additional ships on the Columbia River each year, and send out up to 44 million tons of coal annually.
We don’t have to tell you how bad this project would be for our health, our environment, and our climate. We know trains would choke up local communities across the Northwest with dangerous coal dust, polluting our air and water. Just as dangerous, the coal they carry would accelerate the climate crisis devastating our planet.
It’s time to put our environment and planet before coal company profits – and today, you can help make a difference. The Washington State Department of Ecology is collecting comments until June 13 when it will draft an environmental impact statement and decide if Millennium’s coal export proposal should move forward.
In 2011, there were six proposed Pacific Northwest coal export terminals to ship coal to Asia. Today, only two remain. Help us get one step closer to defeating all of these proposals and send a strong message that the Pacific Northwest supports expanding clean energy and protecting our environment and communities. Not coal mining and polluting our air, rivers, and towns with dangerous dust.
In the upcoming environmental impact statement, we need to make sure the Department of Ecology presents a clear picture of the harmful environmental impacts of Millennium’s coal export terminal plans.