Portland close to anti-coal resolution

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Vancouver City Council passed a resolution of concern about proposed coal export facilities, and Portland could be next says City Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

Fritz is working with the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge and the Sierra Club to draft an anti-coal resolution for Portland that she plans to present to Portland City Council on Sept. 12.

A half dozen coal export facilities have been proposed for different spots in the Pacific Northwest, with a concentration on the Columbia River. The facilities would handle coal arriving by train from the Powder River Basin and transport it to ships bound for Asia. While the facilities would bring good-paying jobs to some economically depressed corners of the region, environmental groups say the climate and air quality costs aren't worth it. Some city governments are also concerned about the transportation impacts of increased train traffic.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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