Environment | Oregon

Protesters Call For Study On Dangers Of Coal Transport

OPB | Aug. 28, 2012 9:28 a.m. | Portland

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Local physician Martin Donohoe brought his niece and nephew to a coal protest. He told the group that the diesel emissions from more trains could increase the number of asthma and other lung-related diseases.

Local physician Martin Donohoe brought his niece and nephew to a coal protest. He told the group that the diesel emissions from more trains could increase the number of asthma and other lung-related diseases.

Bonnie Stewart / OPB

About 150 coal-export protesters gathered in downtown Portland Tuesday outside the offices of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

They want that agency to study the environmental and health impacts of hauling coal through the Columbia River Gorge.

Local physician Martin Donohoe  says he is concerned about the particulate matter from diesel train engines.

City commissioner Amanda Fritz and Hood River City Council member Kate McBride asked coal protesters to ask their elected officials to speak out against more coal exports.

City commissioner Amanda Fritz and Hood River City Council member Kate McBride asked coal protesters to ask their elected officials to speak out against more coal exports.

Bonnie Stewart / OPB

“It contributes to the frequency and severity of asthma attacks as well as attacks of COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis. It’s also a contributor to heart disease and to stroke and is carcinogenic.”

Portland city commissioner Amanda Fritz told the group she will introduce a resolution opposing the coal trains at a city council meeting.

The Northwest Alliance for Jobs and Exports supports increased coal exports as a way to create more jobs.  The group says the Army Corps of Engineers should help the coal industry move forward.

Coal-export protesters gathered outside the offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday. They want the Army Corps to conduct a thorough study of the environmental impacts of the proposed increase in coal exports moving through the Columbia River Gorge.

Coal-export protesters gathered outside the offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday. They want the Army Corps to conduct a thorough study of the environmental impacts of the proposed increase in coal exports moving through the Columbia River Gorge.

Bonnie Stewart / OPB

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