31 Oct '13, 12am

The future of a big coal-export project will be decided by this small Washington community

The future of a big coal-export project will be decided by this small Washington community

What say you on coal exports, Whatcom County? Less than a week remains before what could be the most momentous council election in the Washington county’s hitherto humble electoral history. About 125,000 registered voters will have a say Tuesday on whether a $700 million shipping terminal will be built near Bellingham in the northwest corner of Washington state. The Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point would load 48 million tons of coal dug up in Montana and Wyoming every year onto ships bound for Asia. The county council will decide whether to issue critical permits for the proposed terminal, giving members enormous power that extends far beyond the county borders. The large stakes are attracting a lot of attention to the rural community — and a lot of big campaign contributions. Mother Jones reports : The money pouring into four council seat races dwarfs anything eve...

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