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Tacoma is Stage for Last of Hearing for Proposed Longview Coal Export Terminal

Puget Sound elected leaders and residents will gather before the official scoping hearing for the proposed coal export terminal in Longview.

At both the news conference and the subsequent hearing tomorrow in Tacoma, residents will voice thoughts about the proposal and impacts from the transporting and burning of coal.

The gathering will be at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Tollefson Plaza, Commerce St. and South 17th Street.

Speakers include:

Tacoma City Council member Ryan Mello

Elizabeth Satiacum, Quileute-Native American Indian Rights Advocate and co-owner of the group to Restore Native Names

Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign and resident of West Virginia

Sarah Morken, No Coal Trains Through South Sound, health care worker, shop steward with UFCW Local 21

Gabe Mandell, 6th grader and Seattle resident

Public hearing follows at the Tacoma Convention Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Live tweeting the hearing is available @powerpastcoal or #coalexport.

A new poll shows a majority of voters in both Washington and Oregon oppose the proposed plans to export coal from Northwest ports. The survey also found that opposition has grown by double digits in both states in the last year, and a larger percentage of voters strongly oppose the coal export plans compared to the smaller margin that strongly support.

The Longview coal export terminal has a rocky history. In 2011, a legal challenge exposed internal documents showing that Ambre and their U.S. subsidiary Millennium Bulk Logistics lied to Cowlitz County and state officials about the size of their project, claiming it would ship five million tons per year when they planned a project more than 10 times that size. Following the controversy, Ambre withdrew its permit and in 2012 filed a permit for a terminal that would handle 44 million tons of coal/year.

The Tacoma hearing is the fifth and final in a series hearings on the proposed Longview coal terminal by the Army Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Ecology and Cowlitz County. Scoping for the proposed Longview terminal follows the announcement of a broad scope for the proposed Cherry Point terminal in northwest Washington. Of the six proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest, three remain on the table: Longview, Cherry Point and Port of Morrow, OR.

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