The surge of coal trains coming from Montana and Wyoming to Washington State ports, carrying some 150 million tons of coal a year, will create horrific local and global effects. This pillaging of the public commons for the short term profit of multinational mining corporations is not going to be stopped without an enormous fight. This dirty coal is destined for China and will come back to us as acid rain and climate chaos. Please pass the word that we need immediate action against becoming a neo-colonial extraction economy. Big Coal is trying to sell us out with a “thousands of jobs” enticement. We’ll be left with black lung, a poisoned environment and the costs of mitigation and cleanup.
Also, a Comet Ridge Resources, a Colorado company, will drill the first exploratory well in Montesano, Grays Harbor County this month, as a first step for possible fracking in our state’s beautiful area of forested lakes.
Related news: Without much fanfare, the U.S. House passed HR 4402 to ease environmental rules and limit lawsuits on mining in the west. They also passed HR 4402, refusing to require royalty payments of hard rock minerals extracted from public land.
Thank goodness for activists already working on this. I urge you to alert your friends and to rally quickly. The links below are FYI. Please call Governor Christine Gregoire at (360) 902-4111 and urge her to ensure that Washington says NO to coal export and YES to a clean energy future.