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Eugene Latest NW City To Debate Coal Exports


The debate over coal trains traveling through Eugene is one of jobs versus the environment.

A couple of dozen coal train protesters marched to the downtown library Monday evening where the city council heard a number of people testify for a resolution against shipping coal through a Coos Bay terminal to Asia. Opponents are concerned about coal dust and climate change.

The council also heard from supporters who said a $250 million coal terminal would bring needed jobs.

The Register-Guard reports it’s unclear it Eugene would have authority to prevent coal shipments. The council votes in two weeks on a resolution that would direct the city attorney to research whether health and safety laws could be used to block coal trains.

The coal would come from Montana and Wyoming.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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