Thanks for all the support SafeGuard the South Fork received at the Acme parade on the 4th of July.
While Mayor Pike’s announcement in oppositionto the proposed coal export terminal in Whatcom County is an important step in getting public officials to publicly oppose coal export from GPT, there is more work to be done in the area of local and national politics.
As the Seattle Weekly states in 2004, while “this connection is not widely known, it’s no secret.”
We are currently coordinating with other regional groups to develop action items at the local, state, and federal level and will be forwarding these materials to you soon.
In the meantime, one action item is to keep the conversation alive locally and to become an information resource on the true costs of the proposed terminal, which Bob and Jeff laid out for us at Thursday’s forum. We will start drafting a fact sheet later this week.
Another action item in in response to SafeGuard the South Fork and the Coal Train forum making the front page of the Bellingham Herald yesterday. The comment section is available online for us to communicate public opinion on the issue.
There will be a planning meeting this Thursday, May 5 at 7:30. We’ll be sending out a message to the listserv once we determine a location. If you were not able to provide your email to us at the Coal Train Forum this past week and are interested in assisting with developing action items, conducting research, organizing future events, developing the web site, additional information resources, etc. drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the list.
In the meantime, for your reading pleasure here is the Gateway Pacific Terminal Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application [JARPA] Permit Application to Washington State.
Coal Train Forum
Acme Elementary School
April 28, 7:00-9:00PM
A community discussion of the possibility for round the clock, mile-and-a-half-long, open load coal trains to travel through the South Fork in route to the proposed Gateway Coal Terminal at Cherry Point.
Coal trains have a history of degrading human health, water, and agricultural & forestry lands, making communities along the “inland route” through Burlington, Sedro Woolley, Acme, Van Zandt, Deming, and points north and west out to the coast particularly vulnerable.
Bob Ferris, Executive Director, RESources for Sustainable Communities, Bellingham, WA will discuss the Proposed Gateway Terminal
Jeff Margolis, Proprietor, Everybody’s, Van Zandt, WA will present on “Safeguarding Public Rail Crossings.”
Nicole Brown, on behalf of Safeguard the South Fork, will facilitate a community dialogue and present action items.