Large turnout at Ferndale meeting on coal exports


It was the green shirts versus the red shirts at a public meeting Thursday in Ferndale to take public comment on a proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point.

Many union members were among the supporters wearing green “Let’s get to work” shirts.

The Bellingham Herald reports opponents wore red “Power past coal” shirts.

Supporters say the $600 million project proposed by SSA Marine of Seattle would boost the local economy. Opponents worry about train traffic, coal dust and the environmental risk.

The Gateway Pacific Project is the biggest of a half-dozen proposed terminals in the Northwest to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia.

Other public comment meetings on the Cherry Point project are Dec. 4 in Spokane, Dec. 12 in Vancouver and Dec. 13 in Seattle.