Hundreds of people turned out for the final round of public hearings—held throughout the northwest—on the controversial proposal to push nearly 9 million tons of coal a year through the region toward the Far East.
Boise Weekly first told you in February 2012 about how some of the globe's biggest mining companies want to ship hundreds of millions of tons of coal through the northernmost sections of the United States.
The Oregonian reports that about 150 anti-coal activist rallied outside of the latest hearings in Portland and Hermiston.
"It's one world, folks, it goes round and round," said citizen Chris Arthur. "We shouldn't be helping carbon emissions anywhere in the world. It will come back to bite us."
But supporters of the proposal, including mayor Diane Pohl of Catskanie, Ore., said the coal producers were promising to donate a percentage of the coal to local schools.
"They're trying to be good community partners," Pohl told the Oregonian.
The Department of Environmental Quality will close public comments Monday, August 12, before beginning its process of deciding whether to grant permits to the producers to ship the coal from Montana, through Idaho, Oregon and Washington before heading across the pacific to South Korea, Japan and China.