Orca whale ©Fred Felleman

Orca whale ©Fred Felleman

Stop Northwest fossil fuel exports

Coal is in a death spiral right now. Whether it’s another Bureau of Labor Statistics report indicating a drop coal jobs, or coal companies filing for bankruptcy, the writing is on the wall — we’re transitioning from coal and other fossil fuels by demanding a fossil fuel free future. But don’t tell that to Big Coal corporation Millennium Bulk Terminals. It’s ignoring the economics, the news and the climate by trying to build a coal export-terminal along the Columbia River in Longview, Washington. But it doesn’t just want to build any terminal; it wants to build the biggest one in the United States!

If the Millennium project is approved, it would mean 1,680 more transits of massive coal ships in the Columbia River sending 44 million tons of coal to Asia every year. That would be the equivalent of adding 600,000 new cars to the road each year. And when you account for operations and all the coal that would be burned in Asia, we’re talking an increase of more than 2.5 million metric tons of global warming pollution per year.

There’s really only one way to characterize such a dirty proposal: Climate Killer. That’s why scientists from the Washington Department of Ecology determined that this project would result in significant impacts to the environment. The scientists have spoken and it’s time for our government to start listening. Sign here to tell the Army Corps of Engineers to reject this climate killing COALamity!

Northwest efforts

Friends of the Earth has maintained an active presence in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years covering a broad range of environmental issues. Our current efforts focus on protecting human health and the marine environment associated with the maritime trade. Vessels, and the ports and refineries in the Northwest that serve them, emit a staggering amount of air, water and climate pollution, impacting the increasing number of endangered marine species and those who eat from, live and work near, recreate in or simply care about Puget Sound and its marine environment. The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma comprise the third largest container port complex in the United States. The Port of Vancouver, British Columbia is the largest container port in Canada; equivalent to Seattle and Tacoma combined. Taken together, these ports make the Strait of Juan de Fuca one of the busiest waterways in North America, exposing people and marine life to a variety of risks. In the Northwest, we work to protecting communities, wildlife and the ecosystem in and around Puget Sound and the Olympic Coast from increased water, air and climate pollution and harm associated with escalating marine traffic and port development. See more at: http://foe.org/shipping-campaign

Getting involved

Sign the comment letter by June 13.