December 13, 2012 | Vol. 116 -- No. 34

Coal trains fire passionate debate at scoping hearing

The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center was ground zero for a coal collision last week.

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Photo by Mike Huffman
Coal train opponents were well represented at the Dec. 4 public hearing at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted the public hearing Dec. 4 to receive testimony on the environmental impact statement on a proposed coal terminal that, if built, will be 370 miles away to the west. But Bellingham would be just one stop for an expected 54 million tons of coal that would come through on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe main rail line through Eastern Washington each year before being shipped on to China.

The hearing drew 800 from this area, as well as Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to a...

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