The impacts of coal export trains traveling through local communities will be the topic of discussion during an upcoming forum.
The “Power Past Coal Coalition,” is presenting the event today, at 7 p.m., at First Congregational Church in Vancouver.
Among the speakers will be Camas residents Warren Shoemaker, a clean energy project developer, and Rick Marshall, a local developer as well as a volunteer from the Southwest Washington Sierra Club Beyond Coal Task Force.
According to a press release, coal export terminals proposed in Cherry Point, Gray’s Harbor and Longview, Wash., could draw 20 or more coal trains through communities in Clark County, including Camas and Vancouver. Each uncovered coal train would be more than 1.5 miles long.
In a recent e-mail to the Post-Record, Marshall said he has many concerns about the coal trains, ranging from pollution to property devaluation, and traffic impacts.