The Port of Bellingham has proposed a plan to ship millions of tons of coal to Asia, and the idea has public health and environmental ramifications for Edmonds residents. That’s why Sustainable Edmonds and local representatives of the Sierra Club are hosting an educational event Wednesday evening, Oct. 26 at Edmonds Community College.
Both groups are opposing the proposed nine daily trips of coal trains traveling from Montana and Wyoming to the Columbia River and then through Seattle, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Everett and north to Bellingham, then returning empty.
During the Wednesday night “Coal Hard Truth” forum, you can hear current news and an update on the proposed Bellingham Port expansion to accommodate coal shipments, plus the possible ramifications for cities along the path of the one-and-a-half-mile coal trains: increased noise and traffic impacts; environmental issues with air, water and fisheries; health issues; and jobs and the economy. You can also why other cities have rejected offering their ports for coal shipments due to past shipping failures.
Speakers including Seth Ballhorn of the Sierra Club; Strom Peterson, Edmonds City Council president; Kabran Chapek, Edmonds naturopathic doctor and Todd Cloutier of Sustainable Edmonds. The meeting is located in Room 202 of Woodway Hall on the Edmonds Community College campus, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The event begins at 7 p.m.; refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.
For questions or to RSVP for the Coal Hard Truth Forum, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-378-0114, Ext. 302.