Waterkeepers Worldwide Stand Strong Against Global Impacts of Coal Trafficking
As you read this, the Army Corps of Engineers is holding a series of public hearings on a proposal to build the largest coal-export terminal in North America. A consortium of investors, myopically focused on profit, want to build the Gateway Pacific Terminal, a carbon-trafficking behemoth that is among the most ominous new climate-killing proposals to hit the U.S. in the last century.
The project’s investors are seeking to construct the giant export terminal near Bellingham, Washington, a move which would significantly accelerate the deadly effects of climate change in the name of profit for the corporate shareholders. Standing in the path of this madness is a growing movement of Waterkeepers and citizens from across the globe.
They are using the public hearings as an opportunity to call for environmental impact statements (EIS) that fully evaluate and report the “cumulative impacts” of export terminals on communities where the coal will be mined, transported, shipped and burned.
Waterkeeper Alliance will attend the hearings on Dec. 4 in Spokane and Dec. 13 in Seattle to ask that hearing officers fully calculate the true cost to every community and waterway that will be effected by expansion of U.S. coal exports.