NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE COAL TRAIN DEBATE THAT WILL
IMPACT THE ENTIRE REGION, INCLUDING SPOKANE.
THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY ANNOUNCED
IT WOULD BE DOING EXTENSIVE RESEARCH ON THE PROPOSED
COAL PORT IN LONGVIEW.
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WITH MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT MAKES THIS PROJECT SO
CONTROVERSIAL, AND WHAT IT COULD MEAN TO SPOKANE.
THE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY STUDY WILL ADDRESS MANY
OF THE QUESTIONS THAT HAVE MADE THE LONGVIEW PORT
Jace Bylengea, Sierra Club Beyond coal campaign against
The department of ecology will be doing a great thourough
review of all the threats that will potentially be
caused to our community of this project were to be
JACE BYLENGEA WITH THE SIERRA CLUB OPPOSES THE COAL
TRAIN PROJECT, WHICH HE SAYS WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE
IMPACT ON SPOKANE'S ENVIRONMENT, AND THE HEALTH OF
THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE.
Another threat to our communities is coal dust that
falls off trains.
BNSF has said in the past that up to 500 pounds per
car on the this trip falls off a train.
you need to think about not car but these trains are
110 cars long.
BYLENGEA SAYS THAT FALL OFF GETS INTO OUR WATERWAYS
LIKE THE SPOKANE RIVER, AND IT CAUSES A LOT OF COSTLY
WEAR AND TEAR ON THE TRAIN TRACKS.
with all of the enviornmental regualtions they will
have to deal with, to pay for the true costs of these
projects they aren't going to be financially viable.
BUT SUPPORTERS OF THE PROJECT POINT TO THE POSITIVE
BOOST IN OUR LOCAL ECONOMY.
Rich Hadley CEO GSI Inc.
pro coal trains :10
We have historically been a transhipment community.
RICH HADLEY FROM GREATER SPOKANE INCORPORATED SAYS
CRITICS AREN'T SEEING THE BIG PICTURE.
If we pull ourselves out of the international marketplace
then it hurts our economy, it hurts our jobs and it
means that we're not going to be as vital of a community.'
HADLEY ALSO SAYS THE COAL THAT IS SHIPPED THROUGH
WYOMING AND MONTANA IS SOME OF THE CLEANEST IN THE
NATION, AND THE INCREASING NUMBER OF TRAINS ROLLING
THROUGH SPOKANE SHOULDN'T POSE A SAFETY PROBLEM.
The sheriff has said it isn't going to be a problem.
the clean air agency has said the shipment of coal
through here because of the way they take care of
it isn't an air pollution problem.
SO HOW MANY ADDITIONAL TRAINS WILL ROLL THROUGH SPOKANE,
IF THE PROJECT'S APPROVED?
AGAIN, THAT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK.
THE SIERRA CLUB CLAIMS IT COULD MEAN AN ADDITIONAL
60 TRAINS PER DAY.
I CHECKED WITH A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RAILROAD, AND HE
SAYS IT WILL BE A LOT LESS THAN 60, BUT WOULDN'T PROJECT
A SPECIFIC NUMBER.
REPORTING IN THE NEWSROOM.
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