Article: DeFazio backs coal for Coos Bay - The World

Aug 24th, 2012

In what could be a blow to environmentalists, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio says he has few qualms with a proposal to build a coal export terminal in Coos Bay.

In a town hall meeting on Wednesday attended by 130 people, Oregon's 4th District Democrat waded into a debate that has divided the Port of Coos Bay from the Eugene City Council.

In July, the council raised concerns that coal trains en route from Wyoming to Coos Bay would spread dust that would harm Eugene residents and food production.

The council added that exporting coal fanned the flames of global warming.


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