Fri October 18, 2013
Big Crowd At Final Longview Coal Terminal Hearing At Tacoma
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A crowd estimated at 800 packed the fifth and final public hearing on a proposed coal export terminal at Longview, Wash., and once again red-shirted opponents outnumbered supporters.
The News Tribune estimated that only about 100 of those in the Tacoma crowd on Thursday night supported the plan to build a $643 million Millennium Bulk Terminals facility that would export coal arriving by train from Montana and Wyoming.
Opponents want an environmental impact statement on the project to consider impacts far from the actual terminal. They're concerned about congestion from long coal trains and environmental risks from burning coal anywhere in the world.
Supporters say the project would provide construction jobs and jobs running the terminal. They say the project would boost the economy across the state.
The hearings are part of the initial phase of preparing the environmental impact statement. State Ecology Department spokeswoman Linda Kent says 50,000 comments have been received so far.