>ACTION: Public Assembly and Shoreline Master Program Hearing


To everyone working to stop coal export from the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal and the coal trains, please pass this on to everyone on your lists. 

The City of Bellingham’s Shoreline Master Program Hearing is Wed, May 25. Aligned with this important hearing related to water and shoreline rights, there are opportunities for getting informed and involved on the coal export issue also facing Whatcom County. 

Coal Export Strategy Meeting and Poster Making, The Old Foundry, Tuesday, May 24, 5:30

Anything Grows at The Old Foundry 100 E. Maple St. Bellingham would like to offer support in your efforts. We are holding a planning meeting for addressing the coal port implementation. All committed activists and organizations are welcome. We will also be sign making for the protesting outside city hall this wednesday. Anything Grows will be holding monthly events with the goal of raising awareness of the coal port situation and generating community support and direct action. 

Meeting and Public Assembly Wednesday, May 25 at City Hall 210 Lottie St. Bellingham 4:30ish

The public hearing is held in the chambers. From 6:00 PM until the meeting starts there will be a staff person who can answer your questions.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. We need as many speakers who are fully informed to speak in opposition to the Shoreline Master Plan

The meeting room at city hall is small and can be easily packed. The crowd will probably overflow. We can let our strength be seen. City Hall is behind the City Library. There is an open area between the library and in front of city hall. It can accommodate a lot of people. A street separates the Whatcom County Administration from City Hall. Sidewalks go around the block where the library is, the city hall block and the Whatcom County Building. If people come early [4:30ish] before the workers and elected officials of both the City and Whatcom County go home, they can see our strength.

If you would like to speak at the meeting, when you come in you can sign up to speak. You will be given a form.  Please state on this form the City and County you live in. If you sign up to speak and then change your mind it is O.K. The moderator will then pass on to the next speaker.You do not have to speak you can present your letter. The letter will be a record.  This is something that Bellingham will decide but it affects the entire state.  I had a long conversation with Mr. Barry Wenger, Senior Environmental Planner, Washington State Dept. of Ecology concerning problems that we can address.

1. Access to the water: There will be an access problem if the trains come through. This problem will be decided on by the City of Bellingham although it affects the entire state. People in Bellingham can not get to the water if many trains with mile and one half length cars come through. People in the county will have a greater concern because they will have more difficulty getting through Bellingham to get to the water if the trains come through. The people in other cities and counties in Washington will have even greater problems than the Bellingham and County people in getting to the water because they will have a difficult in getting to Bellingham.  Mr. Wenger said that these are problems that the City will need to address. 

2.  Water: This matter is being heard by the Ecology Department. All questions about water problems need to be addressed. This means the water itself and all the things that live in the water.  This will also mean all things that move in the water.

The shoreline is the topic. Everything that is of concern about our shoreline needs to be addressed.

Mr. Wenger was very courteous and polite. His telephone number is 360-715-5200; email bwen461@ecy.wa.gov.   If you email him he will put you on his mailing list. Comments can also be emailed to him. Please feel free to call Pearl Follett at 360-671-0434 or email info@safeguardthesouthfork.org if you have further questions. 

We hope to see you before the meeting and after.  At last we can be heard!