Spokane Community Greets Coal Hearings Wednesday

By Paige Browning

A proposed coal export terminal in southwest Washington would bring dozens of trains through northern Idaho and Spokane. People can make public comment on the proposal at a hearing in Spokane tonight, or anytime online.

Tonight’s hearing is the second of five across the state regarding a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington. The hearings are hosted jointly by the Washington state Department of Ecology, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Cowlitz County. The three parties will use public comments to plan an environmental review of the terminal. 

The first hearing, in Longview, drew about 2,000 people. Tonight at the Spokane Convention Center, opposing groups Power Past Coal and Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports will hold rallies before the hearing. Tickets to speak at the hearing will be given out at four, and the hearing will last from five-to-eight at the Convention Center.

Previous coverage: 
Longview Coal Terminal Under Review This Week in Spokane

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