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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend so we can connect with you there.