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    RosyFinch, nimh

    Coal trains have been running for at least 6 years to the Roberts Bank Superport in British Columbia, just across from Point Roberts. There are perhaps 6-8 trains total moving to and from the port per week.

    I'd not heard one peep from anyone to the south of Whatcom County when they began to run all the way from Wyoming back then. The route goes from Spokane to Vancouver (WA), then swings north through Puget Sound. They are here, and they have been here, and the terrain of Western Washington and Puget Sound is not a barrier. To be honest, I don't recall many of the locals saying anything either, unless you live along or near the tracks like my parents, and even then no one really wanted to listen.

    The greater numbers proposed for the Gateway Pacific port are, of course, of more concern to everyone. The coal dust coming off the trains is very limited by the time they reach western Washington - none of it blows off when they go past my parent's house. Yet another question no one has answered yet, for any part of the journey.

    The air pollution caused by increased rail traffic is another issue. More Diesel fuel particulates adding to the Puget Sound smog every day of the year; that issue has certainly given a region-wide cast to the project. Of course, the ships coming to get the coal will also add quite a bit, as ships use the dirtiest fuel there is.

    I sincerely hope the sum of the environmental negatives and the displeasure of all the various political entities kills this project dead, and quickly at that. I think back to the number of various, giant projects proposed for this very site over the last few decades, and not a one has proven to be viable once examined closely. It has always been rosy economics right up to the end, and then POOF! Nothing.

    The Cherry Point area already has enough heavy industry (two petroleum refineries, one aluminum smelter) to satisfy anyone. The coastline there is fragile enough, and already stressed - just ask the herring.

    This can be a local blow for a world concern, and let's hope it works out for the best.

    And yeah, I know tarantulas don't really act like that at all, so no snarking, this is the internet damnit!

    by itzadryheat on Sun Oct 27, 2013 at 08:20:01 PM PDT

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