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Scappose Kitchen Table Conversation on proposed Coal Export Terminal

On Wednesday, July 11th, Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignaty (CCCHD) will host a public forum to discuss the proposed coal export projects in Columbia County. The purpose of the forum is to identify public concerns regarding the project, and clarify misinformation. Panelists representing: the corporations making the proposals, advocacy groups that oppose the proposals on environmental grounds, and agencies in a position to regulate the proposed projects, have been invited to attend in order to answer questions and hear testimony.
Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity and the Scappoose Spotlight to hold Kitchen Table Conversation on proposed Coal Export Terminal

The purpose of the forum is to identify public concerns regarding the project, and clarify misinformation. Panelists representing: the corporations making the proposals, advocacy groups that oppose the proposals on environmental grounds, and agencies in a position to regulate the proposed projects, have been invited to attend in order to answer questions and hear testimony. Invited participants include Ambre Energy, Kinder Morgan, Columbia Riverkeepers, the Governor's office, Army Corp of Engineers, Oregon Department of State Lands, Portland and Pacific Railroad, Oregon Dept. of Transportation, Port of St. Helens, and state and national congressional representatives.

"The goal of this form is twofold," explains CCCHD member David Scharf," education and open public debate. There has been a great deal of confusion about what is proposed and how those proposals would be reviewed and regulated. By bringing to the table proponents, opponents and regulators we want to help bring some clarity to a complex issue. In accordance with our belief in inclusive democracy, we hope to create a needed opportunity to hear the voices of Columbia County residents, who would be most impacted by this project."

Another CCCHD member, Bill Blank said, "This is part of a discussion about our economic future in this county. Like many people in the county, we have concerns and questions about how the decisions about the coal project would impact the livability and economic viability of our county."

The community at large is invited to attend and share your questions and perspective on the issue. There will be time for question and answer, and relevant questions that are not answered during the forum will be addressed after the event on the CCCHD webpage and in the South County Spotlight as space allows and as answers are available.

This event is part of the ongoing Kitchen Table Conversations series of CCCHD. Previous topics have included discussions of efforts to expand and limit democratic participation in our country, and candidate forums.


WHEN: Wednesday, July 11, 2012. 6 PM to 8:30 PM. Doors open at 5:30 PM
WHERE: At St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church
51555 Southwest Old Portland Road, Scappoose, OR.
WHO: Sponsored by Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity (CCCHD)