King County executive to join local discussion of coal trains

May 7, 2013

By Staff

Dow Constantine

Dow Constantine

King County Executive Dow Constantine will join a discussion of controversial coal trains, coal ports and their impact on the Pacific Northwest at the May 15 meeting of Democrats in the 5th Legislative District in Issaquah. The public is invited.

Constantine, who opposes the plan to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming through the Northwest to proposed ports at Cherry Point near Bellingham and Longview, will be joined by representatives of two leading opponents of the plan — Washington Conservation Voters and Power Past Coal, according to a press release from the 5th District Democrats.

The coal train meeting is the focus of the May 15 monthly meeting of the 5th District Democrats at Issaquah City Hall’s Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way. Networking starts at 6:30 p.m.; the meeting starts at 7 p.m.

The proposal to ship coal through the Northwest for export to Asia, and to build the ports to handle the exports, has attracted considerable opposition from politicians and environmental groups, according to the release. Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber have called “in the strongest possible terms” for a thorough review of the plan. Other groups, including the Seattle-based Bullitt Foundation and Sierra Club, also oppose the proposal. Major decisions on leasing the coal reserves are expected to be made by Sally Jewell, the former CEO of REI Inc., who is now secretary of the Interior Department.

An environmental impact statement on the project is currently being prepared.


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