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First hearing on proposed Longview coal terminal

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First hearing on proposed Longview coal terminal

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LONGVIEW, Wash. – Foes of a proposed Longview, Wash. coal terminal dressed in red and outnumbered supporters wearing blue on Tuesday as about 2,000 people showed up for six hours of public hearings.

The Daily News of Longview reports the exchange was vigorous but civil.

The majority of about 150 speakers opposed the terminal, urging state, federal and Cowlitz County regulators to conduct a broad environmental review of Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposal for a $643 million coal export dock.

Supporters said the proposed rail dock can handle coal safely and cleanly and the project will create jobs.

Opponents are concerned about dust and traffic congestion locally and the effect of burning coal globally.

Ambre Energy wants to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to markets in Asia.

Four other hearings on the Longview project are planned.