The RE Sources article in the Sunday paper mentions a minimum of 487 oceangoing ships transversing the Salish Sea to the Gateway Pacific Terminal through the Cherry Point herring spawning grounds. The world was shocked by the actions of the Somalia pirates. Somalia is a small, poor country that relied heavily on fishing to feed its population. The introduction of large oil tankers into the region scared the fish away from the Somalian traditional fishing grounds, devastating a vital Somalia food source. I believe that allowing large "coal tankers" into our fishing grounds will have the same effect. Would this possibly lead to Bellingham pirates?
Ronald E. Mount