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