Community group studies Gateway plan

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 4, 2014 

People hear conflicting information about the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal. For example, some say Gateway's coal stockpiles would be completely covered with zero coal dust emissions while others say Gateway's coal stockpiles would be uncovered and would produce coal dust emissions. What is true? What are the facts? To find out, some of your neighbors formed a group called Save Birch Bay. Save Birch Bay is a non-profit, non-partisan group of concerned citizens who volunteer their time and resources to study the official Gateway Pacific Terminal proposal and inform the community regarding what they believe to be the facts and potential impacts of the terminal. Save Birch Bay has written a document, "The Proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal Facts and Impacts," and provided copies to Bellingham's main library and libraries in Ferndale, Blaine and Lynden. The document summarizes key facts contained in Gateway's official 312-page project application and substantiates these facts with reprints of original pages from the official Gateway project application. Additionally, the document presents Gateway Pacific Terminal's potential impacts focusing on communities closest to Cherry Point. The potential impacts are substantiated with a list of 24 references. The document is divided into 11 sections. In the coal stockpiles section you can see for yourself that we believe Gateway would have uncovered coal stockpiles that would emit coal dust.

Paula Rotondi

Blaine

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