But while the Department of State Lands has delayed its decision, other permitting decisions continue moving forward ? and we need to maintain unrelenting pressure to oppose them.|
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is now considering separate air and water pollution permits the project needs to move forward. The DEQ is holding three important public hearings next week on these permits, including one in Portland.
What: Public hearing on the Morrow Pacific coal terminal
When: Thursday, December 6, 6 p.m.
Where: Ambridge Event Center, 1333 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland
RSVP to testify against coal exports on Thursday in Portland.
It's vital that as many Oregonians as possible take the opportunity to testify against coal exports, and we'll send you talking points and other information to make the experience easy. But even if you don't want to testify, you can still attend Thursday's hearing to show your opposition.
If the project receives all of the permits it needs, Portland would become a big contributor to climate change and a significant link in the global dirty-energy supply chain. Coal would be shipped by rail from Montana or Wyoming to Oregon, then loaded onto barges and sent down the Columbia River to the Port of St. Helens ? before being shipped to South Korea.
Wherever coal export terminals are built, problems arise. At a coal export terminal in Seward, Alaska, coal dust has coated the town's scenic boat harbor.2 And in Mobile, Alabama, coal dust from the McDuffie Terminal polluted local neighborhoods for decades before the problem was addressed.3 That's what could be in store for Oregon if the Morrow Pacific Project is allowed to move forward.
With demand for coal quickly declining in the United States, big coal and rail companies are desperate to sell their dirty product overseas. They're engaging in a massive PR campaign to mislead Oregon and Washington residents about the nature and impact of their plans to turn the Pacific Northwest into a hub for dirty coal exports.
In September alone, a front group backed by big coal and rail companies pumped $866,000 into pro-coal exports TV ads in Oregon and Washington.4 By testifying against the disastrous Morrow Pacific coal export terminal on Thursday in Portland, you can help fight back.
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