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Don’t approve coal terminal

Thanks for printing the article about the recently released review of the Tesoro Anacortes proposed coal terminal project. Last year many of us showed up at our Spokane Convention Center to testify at a hearing about that coal terminal. Millennium is hoping to build it on their former aluminum site and to help the local economy via more jobs. My hope is to support fisheries and alternative energy jobs, rather than jobs that come at long term cost to the environment.

This coal terminal would be bigger than any in the U.S. And it is being proposed at a time when the whole world, even Asia, is switching to alternative renewable energy. By the time the terminal gets finished, there likely will be no more demand for the coal.

But there also are many other local Spokane reasons for not wanting this coal terminal approved, like eight more trains a day carrying coal to the coast, as well as eight more trains returning. Public comment is open until May 8.

You can provide input to the decision making process by going to (See comment section), or by calling and leaving a recorded message at (877) 685-7356 (toll free).

Pauline Druffel



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