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Nov 17, 2012 Virginia commented on "First of all, I like trains," Says Man Explaining Why Bellingham Needs a Coal Terminal..
Don't forget the public comment event for Seattle on December 13 at the WA Convention Center, 4pm. Make comments about what you think they should study in the EIS.
Nov 16, 2012 Virginia commented on "First of all, I like trains," Says Man Explaining Why Bellingham Needs a Coal Terminal..
They say they can't cover the cars as it would exacerbate spontaneous combustion. Additionally, the railroad has taken a long discussion and video off of their website which demonstrated how the coal dust was undermining the tracks and causing expensive repairs along the road bed. Incidentally, the railroads are ALLOWED to pay UP TO 15 % of all necessary improvements. The rest of the cost of any under passes or over passes that would have to be upgraded or added because of this additional traffic, would have to be borne by the taxpayers. Additionally, coal trains are so heavy that they damage the rail beds and make high speed rail impossible. We would be hurting our rail system to allow them. Ask someone from Virginia or Kentucky what their road repairs are like. They have some of the thickest roads in the world in order to support the weight of coal on their highways. Very expensive for those communities - very expensive for us.
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Nov 16, 2012 Virginia commented on "First of all, I like trains," Says Man Explaining Why Bellingham Needs a Coal Terminal..
SSA has a bad reputation for refusing to deal with unions, Burlington Northern upgraded some rail bed lately in Bellingham using men from their payroll from Houston, TX (so much for "local" jobs). Potential investors for a development on the Bellingham waterfront will be considering whether they want to invest where access to their shops and businesses is impacted. Canada has said they can not take anymore coal at their present terminal. Not having the new port in Bellingham would NOT mean the coal would just go to Canada. The main guide book for sailors and pleasure boats in the San Juan Islands says that it's not pleasant to anchor at Point Roberts (next to the existing Canadain coal terminal) because the water and the air are so foul with coal dust. And they're saying this would bring jobs?!? All of these are important factors to consider, but the most importanty factor is this: Do you have children? grandchildren? do you care about climate change? Burning coal is responsible for approximately 24% of our current CO2 polution. We need to leave it in the ground!