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City Club Meeting About the Cherry Point Coal Port

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City Club Meeting About the Cherry Point Coal Port

Time: April 27, 2011 from 12pm to 2pm
Location: Northwood Hall
Street: 3240 Northwest Avenue Bellingham, WA 98225-1318
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Event Type: public, debate
Organized By: Re-Sources/City Club
Latest Activity: Apr 26, 2011

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Coal Discussion this Wednesday. Support Resources!
City Club Meeting April 27th, 12PM at the Northwood Hall
Registration is not required!
Show up early. Cost: $5 for coffee, $11 for member lunch, and $16 for non-member lunch. Please come to the meeting to hear both sides of the issue!


SSA Marine has stated their intent to ship 54 million metric tons of material through the Cherry Point Facility. A number of bulk commodities have been mentioned. Currently, however, coal is the only commodity which has the desired conditions of abundant supply, growing market, and promising future. The day after filing their application with the state, SSA Marine announced a deal with Peabody Coal to ship 24 metric tons of coal annually, for the life of the Cherry Point Terminal. And Peabody has a lot of coal--enough to fill the remaining 24 million ton capacity at Cherry Point's proposed 80 acre coal dump.
To download a fact sheet on how this project will affect your community please click here, and please pass this along to others in the community.

Photo Credit: Paul K. Anderson, The Chuckanut Conservancy

Moving 48 million metric tons of coal in uncovered railcars is a tremendous undertaking requiring nine additional full, nine empty, mile-and-a-half long trains daily traversing to and from Cherry Point through downtown Bellingham.  According to BNSF’s website, these 15,000-ton trains will lose three percent of their load in transit or 1,780,000 short tons of coal dust spread annually from the Powder River Basin to the terminal.  So, in addition to increased noise, diesel exhaust,and traffic delays the City and County will also have to deal with a significant increase in coal dust accumulating in our neighborhoods and waterways.

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