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Catholic bishops join call for broad review of Longview coal terminal

The Catholic Bishops of Washington State are calling for a sweeping environmental review of a coal terminal proposed for Longview--a review similar to the one already in progress for Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point.

The bishops' statement opens with a quote from Pope Francis: “Caring for creation… means nurturing the world with responsibility and transforming it into a garden, a habitable place for everyone.”

An excerpt from the bishops: "The proposals in question involve an interrelated set of moral, environmental, social and economic issues: from climate change to the need for jobs and the human right to participate in work; from transportation congestion created by increased coal train traffic to the possible destruction of state fisheries and threats to Native American treaty rights. These are not easy issues to balance, and therefore much study and broad consultation are required to reach prudent and just decisions." 

Another excerpt: "We urge Catholics, people of every faith and all people of goodwill to join us in calling for a full review of the Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview coal export project similar to the study already underway for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. Such a review would include environmental effects on water and air quality, cultural and archeological resources, fish and wildlife and other possible adverse environmental effects."

PS: How many of you knew that in 2001, the bishops issued a pastoral letter on environmental stewardship in the Columbia River watershed?