Right now, Pacific Northwest residents have a chance to voice their views on last remaining coal export terminal proposed for Washington state. The project, proposed for Longview on the Columbia River, would be the largest coal terminal in North America, weighing in at 44 million tons annually.
All of that coal would be delivered by trains traveling through inland Northwest communities like Sandpoint, Spokane, and the Tri-Cities. So for comparison purposes, here’s how one year’s worth of coal would dwarf the biggest buildings in Spokane:
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In the last several years, the Northwest’s “Thin Green Line” of resistance successfully halted five of the six coal export projects originally proposed for the region. As the public evaluates this final coal scheme, it’s useful to remember just how big the coal industry’s ambitions are and what they could mean for area coal dust pollution, coal spills, public health, traffic, and more.
Sightline thanks Devin Porter at Goodmeasures.biz for designing these graphics.