The proposal by Peabody Coal and SSA Marine to build a terminal port at Cherry Point near Bellingham to ship approximately 100 million tons of coal per year to China is really a bad idea.
The port would increase train traffic in our state and would increase shipping in the San Juan Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Marine life is already impacted by the present of amount of traffic. The Cherry Point area is also a protected marine area for spawning herring.
Mining and burning coal is an industry we must give up. Besides the production of greenhouse gases, coal creates many health hazards to life. Mercury is one of the by-products of coal. To learn more about the health hazards see the website www.psr.org of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
The port proposition is undergoing the permitting process and you have time to voice your opinion. Write to all your elected officials (state and federal) and to the Amy Corps of Engineers. Addresses can be found in the green pages of the phone book or online.
We are free people. We can effect change and do what is important to keep our unbearably beautiful little blue green world safe and healthy on its journey among the stars.