King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State
King County is poised to join the city of Seattle and several other municipalities in passing a resolution banning the burning and the transportation of coal in Washington state.
VIDEO: Clash over coal plays out in Tacoma KIRO
Economic Impacts of Coal Trains Mayor Mike McGinn
Last year the Department of Transportation worked with engineers at Parametrix to understand how Seattle traffic would be impacted by the proposal to expand coal train operations in the region. The findings indicated that running as many as 18 coal trains per day through Seattle, each over a mile long, would significantly increase delays along the waterfront and in SODO. Railroad crossings would be blocked an additional one to three hours each day. More coal trains would separate our waterfront from the rest of the City, damaging valuable industrial, maritime, and tourism businesses that require access to and from the waterfront in order to perform their work. August 16, 11:45 Am Continue reading at mayormcginn.gov
Governor Inslee’s Climate Hearing In Seattle Draws Large Environmental CrowdOct. 24, 2013 | KUOW
SEATTLE — More than 500 people packed into a waterfront convention center on a foggy Wednesday night to tell Governor Inslee and other lawmakers what they think the state needs to do to reduce green house gas emissions.
Washington agencies to scrutinize broad threats of coal exports
EIS will consider health impacts in Washington, rail and tanker traffic impacts across the region, and impacts of coal burning in Asia
OLYMPIA - Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and Whatcom County announced the scope of their joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point, in northwest Washington State. If built, it would be the largest coal export terminal in North America, exporting up to 48 million metric tons of coal per year to Asia. The proponents of the terminal include Peabody Energy, SSA Marine, and Goldman Sachs.
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Do Surfactants Work? Doesn't seem like it.
If you want to see what a train that has been sprayed down for coal dust looks like. Check out this video. It starts out great, but after about a minute you start to see the horrifying amount of coal dust that comes off these trains, even when they are sprayed.
BNSF Railways and coal shippers sued in Federal Court for water contamination violations.