Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Washington, Oregon Govs Want Bigger Exam of Proposed Coal Exports

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

The governors of Washington and Oregon are asking the White House to take another look at a controversial proposal for some of the globe's biggest mining companies to haul hundreds of millions of tons of coal through Montana, Idaho's panhandle and Washington by train before being shipped to China.

Boise Weekly readers have been familiar with the controversy for more than a year, when we first started reporting about the controversy (BW, Feature, "The Dirty Dance," Feb. 1, 2012).

When word started spreading about the proposal, hundreds of citizens began packing a series of meetings to express their concerns over the environmental and economic effects of the plan.

And the Associated Press reports this morning that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber are "calling on the federal government to examine the consequences coal leasing and coal exports will have on global greenhouse gas emissions and air quality." The governors sent a joint letter Monday to President Barack Obama's Council on Environmental Quality.

Five coal export terminals are proposed for Washington and Oregon to ship the millions of tons of coal to China each year.

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