Reminder: Edmonds church to discuss coal trains Friday

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A hot topic now being discussed in Edmonds – the environmental effects of coal trains running along the Edmonds waterfront on their way to a proposed facility in Bellingham – is the topic of Justice Friday, sponsored by the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, at 7 p.m. Friday.

At issue are plans to develop one of the largest coal export facilities on the continent at Cherry Point, situated on the coast about 15 miles northwest of Bellingham. Each day, as many as 18 coal trains (nine loaded and nine returning) would shuttle coal from mines in Montana and Wyoming to Spokane, down through the Columbia River Gorge, then up along the coast, passing through Longview, Tacoma, Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, Mt. Vernon, Bellingham, Ferndale and all points in between.

The Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point, as proposed by Carrix/SSA Marine, would annually export 54 million tons of goods, up to 48 million tons of which would be coal mined by Peabody Energy from the Powder River Basin.

Guest speakers for the evening are Todd Cloutier and Richard Bisbee of Sustainable Edmonds. More information will be posted soon at The church is located at 8109 224th St. S.W.

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