Help defeat coal export in Longview for good

Rev. Patton Longview hearing rally (1)

Photo Credit: Power Past Coal

For years, people of faith around Washington and across the country have spoken out against the proposal to construct the nation’s largest coal export terminal in Longview, Washington on the Columbia River. We have uplifted shared values of justice, responsibility, and stewardship in numerous rounds of public comments and hearings about this proposed coal terminal because our religious traditions tell us that we have moral responsibility to protect and care for God’s creation and our communities.

In September, we celebrated a great victory when the Washington Department of Ecology denied a key water permit for this project. However, this means the proposal in Longview is only mostly dead. (You know the Earth Ministry staff just can’t resist a chance to quote The Princess Bride!) Despite this decision, Millennium Bulk Terminals, the company behind the project, insists on moving forward with local land use permits from Cowlitz County as well as a related permit from Ecology. We won’t stop fighting until Millennium officially throws in the towel. 

Join Earth Ministry staff and members to once again raise up the faith values that have driven our participation in this important campaign over the past 7 years. This round of public comment on the Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use Permit for Millennium’s proposed coal export terminal in Longview is our final chance to tell decision-makers that religious communities want sustainable and healthy growth for our state – not polluting and dangerous fossil fuel projects.

Submit your comment below to add your voice to the ranks of people of faith reminding our leaders that it’s far past time we power past coal! There is also an opportunity to speak up in person on November 2 at a hearing with a celebratory party afterward. Click here for more info and email jessica@earthministry.org if you plan to attend so we can connect with you there.


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Dear Cowlitz County and Department of Ecology,

For the past five years, people of faith from around Washington State have spoken out against the proposal to export coal from Longview. We have uplifted shared values of justice, responsibility, and stewardship in numerous rounds of public comments because our religious traditions tell us to protect and care for God’s creation and our communities.

The Department of Ecology made the morally sound choice in denying the water permit for this dirty and dangerous project – thank you! Please carry this decision forward to deny the Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use Permits as well.

Mt. St. Helens over Longview, WA

Photo credit: Alex Butterfield

My faith compels me to ask that you deny these permits for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project in Longview, WA. Our health and well-being are inextricably linked to the health and well-being of the earth – to care for the earth is to care for our families and neighbors. We cannot condone increases in cancer rates, rail congestion, and pollution along the entire rail line.

This project’s environmental review clearly finds that this unprecedented amount of coal export along the Columbia River will harm the health, economic, and environmental vitality of Longview and other communities along the train tracks. Nine environmental areas were listed in the denial of the water permit as being exposed to “significant and unavoidable harm.” These same nine areas apply to the Shoreline and Conditional Use Permits, which therefore should be denied.

We ask you to steward us towards sustainable and healthy growth – innovation and clean energy, not polluting and dangerous fossil fuel projects, will benefit our entire region in the long term. Please do not put the burden of risky operations, global warming pollution, and un-mitigatable ecosystem destruction on the people and future generations of the Northwest.

Rejecting the Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use permits for Millennium Bulk Terminals is a wise decision for Washington’s families, land, air, and water. Please, once again, make the right choice for the common good. Thank you.