Join the Northern Plains Resource Council at the Emerson on November 20th to respond to proposals to export coal from the Powder River Basin to Asia. Please contact Page at [masked]
or call[masked] if you are interested in testifying, attending, or volunteering.
COAL EXPORT: Raise Your Voice, Montana!
The permitting process for one of the largest proposed coal export terminals in Cherry Point, Washington has begun. Although Montanans would be greatly impacted by exporting coal from the Powder River Basin to Asia, decision-makers have decided NOT to hold official environmental impact statement scoping meetings in Montana to seek input.
Communities along the route would be impacted by substantially increased coal train traffic, potentially experiencing serious health effects from diesel fumes, increased noise, and coal dust; traffic congestion that could delay emergency vehicle response times; increased numbers of accidents and dangerous derailments; and a decline in economic productivity due to a decrease in overall quality of life and decreased access across train tracks. In addition, strip mining for coal poses a direct threat to farmers and ranchers whose livelihoods depend on access to productive land and clean water.
Clearly, Montana needs to be included when this project is evaluated! To demonstrate the importance of this issue and collect testimony and comments from Montanans, we will be holding our own public meetings. Raise Your Voice, Montana! People’s Hearings will provide an opportunity to voice our concerns about the impacts coal export will have on our communities. We refuse to be left out of this process!
Join us for a People’s Hearing:
November 20: Bozeman, Emerson Center, 7pm
November 28: Missoula, University of Montana, UC Theater, 7pm
Billings: TBA (will be posted on Northern Plains website)
For more info, email Page at [masked] or call[masked]-1154.