In May, 2011, I spoke with Mayor Jensen of Ferndale about the impact the proposed GPT coal terminal at Cherry Point and increased train traffic would have on the citizens of Ferndale.
I was specifically concerned about the increased rail traffic and the impact the additional 18 trains per day would have on the people, environment and economy of the area. Doctors are certain people will get sick and die from the coal dust and diesel emissions from the trains and the port. The trains do not pay for their own improvement (maybe 5 percent if we are lucky) so we will be fronting the bill. And most importantly, the planet is suffering greatly from the emissions of burning coal and I believe we have to stop new projects.
When I spoke with Mayor Jensen he said that he was initially supportive of the project but he wouldn't make any final decision about his support until all the facts were in and the studies were done.
I now see that the mayor is not only supportive of this proposed project but he is advocating for it. I can only assume that when I spoke with him back in May, 2011, his mind was already made up and he was just placating me or he has made his mind up without the facts. In my opinion, the mayor is not thinking about his constituents or he would wait for all the studies to be completed. Ask him how he can make a decision without all the facts.