Stop Coal Exports
Imagine 40 -70 coal trains a day added to
the trains now moving through Spokane.
The Powder River Basin in Eastern Montana
and Wyoming holds billions of tons of coal, owned or leased by Arch Coal,
Peabody Energy and others. The companies are pushing for huge new coastal
terminals to be built near Bellingham and Longview to handle increased shipments
primarily bound for China.
This would add over 8,000 coal trains per year on Washington State's rail
system. Coal would be hauled on BNSF Railway right
through downtown Spokane.
Those who live along the rail lines that
would carry the coal through Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington share
concerns about the hidden costs to health, safety, the environment
Railroad engines burn diesel. Documented
health effects of diesel emissions near busy rail yards include chronic heart
and lung disease, and asthma. The very young and elderly are most affected.
Cancer is also implicated.
The rail industry says 500 pounds or
more of coal dust per car is lost in transit. That can destabilize rail beds,
contributing to derailments.
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