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Coal hard truth forum April 3 in White Salmon

Free public meeting

Learn more about the plans to add approximately 20 additional trains per day, each 1.5 miles long, hauling coal through the Columbia Gorge.

This free public meeting will be held on April 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sterling Savings Bank community room in White Salmon.

Coal companies are planning to send millions of tons of coal from mines in Wyoming and Montana overseas, transporting the coal by train through the Gorge to proposed export terminals on the Pacific coast. Currently there are 27 or more trains per day on each side of the river.

Learn about:

The regional picture of coal use and health impacts of coal trains and coal burning.

The specifics of the proposed coal ports and rail lines.

Potential impacts of coal exports on the Gorge, including economic, health and environmental consequences.

Explore better alternatives and what one can do about it

Speakers will include: Peter Cornelison, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and Brett VandenHeuvel of Columbia Riverkeeper.

Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period.


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