Shipping Coal Through BC - Dangerous and unacceptable

Arie Ross
I’m still shaking my head. Seriously, I am.

This week, a proposed thermal coal terminal in Longview, Washington, was denied a key permit by the state’s Department of Ecology (DOE), serving as the death knell for the project.

Why was the permit denied? Because of what the DOE called the “significant and irreversible harm” shipping the toxic product would have on the community’s air and water quality, as well as their social, community and tribal resources.

This is a serious victory for the climate, one that I happily celebrate. But for B.C.? It’s just plain embarrassing.

Every single coal port proposed on America’s west coast has been denied because of the findings of comprehensive reviews. But in B.C., we're sitting here like chumps letting these polluting coal trains through without considering the dangerous impacts this product has on our communities.

Who’s looking out for the air and water quality in British Columbian communities? What about our social resources and First Nations rights? Why are Americans being protected from the horrors of coal while Canadians are still facing the detrimental effects that come from shipping this nasty stuff, all the while receiving no benefits from it?

To get the answers we deserve, you can start by asking your MLA. E-mail them now to find out why B.C. is still taking dirty coal shipments without proper safety reviews, and ask them to stop these coal trains in their tracks.

With this latest terminal proposal dead in the water, B.C. is officially the sole exporter of U.S. thermal coal in the Pacific Northwest. But we can do so much better!

E-mail your MLA right now to tell them shipping U.S. thermal coal through our communities is dangerous and unacceptable. Tell them we want a government that looks out for the health of its people, like Washington and Oregon do.

Thermal coal is a dying industry, and the stuff when transported and burned has ghastly effects. It’s time for the government of B.C. to step up and protect us.

It’s time for B.C. to join the 21st century and move beyond coal.

Ready for change,

Arie, Coal Campaigner for Dogwood