Coal train brings out protesters on both sides
Advocates for job creation squared off again Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Vancouver, Wash., with environmental activists over a proposal to build a new terminal in Bellingham that would become one of five such facilities to export coal from regional ports.
- Before the public hearing, activists for the environment and for the export-related jobs planted signs along the roads leading to Clark College's Gaiser Hall today. On campus, the Alliance for NW Jobs had gathered outside, dressed in green shirts and preparing to speak.
- — Nat Assoc of Mfg (@ShopFloorNAM)Wed, Dec 12 2012 10:36:13
- — Alliance for NW Jobs (@CreateNWJobs)Wed, Dec 12 2012 17:44:42Construction of the Gateway Pacific Terminal will provide nearly $100 million in tax revenue for state and local services. #CreateNWJobs
- Meanwhile, inside Gaiser Hall, opponents of the coal export terminals donned red shirts and rallied at a press conference with guest speakers such as Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.
- — GreenpeacePNW (@GreenpeacePNW)Wed, Dec 12 2012 15:22:09Vancouver, WA mayor opens anti-coal export press conference citing public health, enviro, safety, & quality of life concerns #nocoalexports
- — GreenpeacePNW (@GreenpeacePNW)Wed, Dec 12 2012 15:24:24Vancouver's Mayor: coal export "is a contradiction in direction" 4 our region & planet & reminds us "we have a duty to future generations."
- — GreenpeacePNW (@GreenpeacePNW)Wed, Dec 12 2012 15:33:52Coal monster crashes press conference, audience says no to coal trains & barges. We want a cleaner, safer, healthier world #nocoalexports
- And then the public hearing begins with a room in Gaiser Hall filling to capacity and spilling over to another room in Foster Auditorium for others to make comments.
- — GreenpeacePNW (@GreenpeacePNW)Wed, Dec 12 2012 15:41:08Dr. Harris: accidents happen, but coal train accidents are foreseeable, as are all the diseases caused by coal dust & diesel fumes #nocoalex
- — Eric Florip (@col_enviro)Wed, Dec 12 2012 17:02:27
- — Alliance for NW Jobs (@CreateNWJobs)Wed, Dec 12 2012 16:30:27“1 out of 4 people in WA have a job that relies on intl. trade, including families right here in Vancouver”-D. Brunell Pres of @awbolympia
- — Alliance for NW Jobs (@CreateNWJobs)Wed, Dec 12 2012 16:45:21“Trade has been a critical part of the Pacific Northwest economy for more than 200 years” -Bob Watters, Senior VP with SSA Marine
- — Alliance for NW Jobs (@CreateNWJobs)Wed, Dec 12 2012 17:05:44“This terminal will help us generate more jobs for skilled laborers and millions more in funding for state and local budgets” -Bob Watters
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