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Gateway Pacific Terminal Hearing

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Gateway Pacific Terminal Hearing

Time: November 29, 2012 from 3pm to 7pm
Location: Ferndale Events Center
Street: 5715 Barrett Road
City/Town: Ferndale, WA
Website or Map: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Clima…
Event Type: public, hearing
Organized By: US Army Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Ecology, Whatcom County govt
Latest Activity: Dec 1, 2012

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Event Description

If approved, the Gateway Pacific Terminal north of Bellingham would be the largest coal export terminal in the United States. Right now, the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Ecology and Whatcom County are trying to decide which impacts to take into account as they consider the permit proposal.

This is your opportunity to provide input on what impacts you believe should be considered.  There are a myriad of potential impacts from increased train and shipping traffic, impacts to our fragile eco-system, impacts to our air quality and to global warming and more...  What’s important is that you voice your concerns.     

On Thursday, Nov. 29 there is a hearing in Ferndale at the Ferndale Events Center about the proposed coal export facility at Cherry Point.  This is our official public opportunity to voice our concerns about specific impacts. Please come to the hearing, submit a comment, and testify.  

When: Thursday 11/29, 2 pm gathering, hearing from 3 – 7 pm.

Where: Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale, Washington 98248

Some talking points are here and more health related concerns of coal export, here.

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Comment by David MacLeod on December 1, 2012 at 8:46pm

Those who favored the terminal were well organized and showed up VERY early in the morning to get in line to comment.  The first person to speak who opposed the project was David Culver, who was somewhere near #65. David told me he arrived at 11am to get in line. After that, almost all of the speakers were opposed to the project in the last two hours.

I'm told a Seattle radio station incorrectly reported that the great majority of those attending support the project; the Bellingham Herald more correctly pointed out that opponents actually outnumbered supporters, but didn't arrive in time to be able to speak in the first two hours.  I had card #114, but time ran out after #113.  When the meeting ended, most of the project supporters were long gone, but there was still many opponents on hand.

Heather, you had a very impressive composed piece that you read for your statement.  You should post it as a blog post.

Comment by Heather K on December 1, 2012 at 6:38pm

What a great showing of our county neighbors!  The news folks did not stay late enough into the evening to listen to many folks who had been waiting for a turn to speak since the afternoon.

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