EarthFix: Exploring the Powder River Basin Coal-Train Proposals

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 - 7:30pm
Ticket Required
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As American coal companies look to the Northwest as the fastest route to get their product from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin to Asian markets, five ports in Washington and Oregon are considering coal-export terminals—and folks in both states are considering the potential impacts. The largest of the five proposed coal-export sites, the Gateway Pacific Terminal, could be built north of Bellingham, which would mean up to 18 more trains passing through Seattle and other communities along the coast. And that, says a recent report from the Seattle Department of Transportation, could add 50 percent more time to drivers’ waits at Seattle’s railroad crossings, and could affect emergency-vehicle trips to and from the waterfront. As the project undergoes its environmental review, KUOW environment reporter Ashley Ahearn moderates a panel discussion designed to answer questions about coal exports, explore what happens next—and explain what all the fuss is about.

Presented as part of the Town Hall Civics series with EarthFix, KUOW, and KCTS 9. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.

Tickets are $5 online or over the phone at 888-377-4510. Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating.

The entrance to the Great Hall is on Eighth Avenue.