Hundreds weigh in on proposal for coal export terminal

<p>People Against Coal Export Terminal</p>

People Against Coal Export Terminal

Hundreds of people are gathering at the TRAC in Pasco tonight to weigh in on a proposal for a coal export terminal at the Port of Longview.

Representatives from the Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County are holding the public hearing to see what the impacts of the terminal would be to the public.

Supporters of the terminal say it will create hundreds of jobs and improve trade across the area.

But those against the terminal say the coal terminal will be dangerous - they say coal leaks from the trains and that can be hazardous to our health.

"It's falling into the river and it's falling onto the land, and it's polluting both" said Peter Cornelison, against coal export terminal.

"The better the infrastructure there is for trade, the more efficient we are on getting our products overseas, which is very important to the potato industry here in Washington State" said Randy Mullen, supports coal export terminal.

Tonight's public hearing is expected to last until 8 PM.