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Coal Hearing

Posted on 18th September 2013 at 16:08

As expected, a couple of thousand people jammed the Cowlitz County Expo Center yesterday, all looking to express their opinions on the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility. It was easy to tell who was on each side of the debate; opponents like Dawn Hanson of Longview wore red T-shirts. Supporters of the project, like Wendy Hutchinson, the Millennium Vice-President of Public Affairs, wore blue T-shirts. It’s estimated that about 80 people spoke during the six hours of public testimony in the first of five scoping meetings on the state and federal Environmental Impact Statements for the project. There was a strong police presence, but even with the strong emotions involved, the large crowd was peaceful. The next of these five meetings is being held on Wednesday, September 25th in Spokane. That will be followed by meetings on October 1st in Pasco, October 9th at the Clark County Fairgrounds, and October 17th in Tacoma. Comments are also being taken on-line, by e-mail and by postal mail.