Local Washington Residents Oppose Longview Coal Port
Concerned local residents turned out in force
on Tuesday to demand that Cowlitz County, Washington officials revoke a shore permit for the proposed Longview coal export terminal.
If built, the facility will be the biggest coal export terminal on the North American West Coast
. The company pursuing the development, Millennium Bulk Logistics, which is owned by Australian company Ambre Energy, plans to export the coal to Asian markets, mainly in China.
A mix of rain, sleet and snow did not deter a crowd of approximately 50 people, the majority from the Southwest Washington.
Willow Grove resident Les Anderson, who lives less than a mile west of the site of the proposed terminal, said he's worried area residents will bear the brunt of coal dust that could blow into the air — despite Millennium's pledge to takes steps to control it.
"We not only get the short end of the stick, but we get the stick stuck in our eye,
" he said.