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The Coal Hard Truth: How Coal is Threatening Oregon

November 14, 2011
Portland, Oregon

Oregon and Washington states are ending our reliance on coal by committing to close our last coal plants. But now Big Coal is threatening to export tens of millions of tons of coal through our states to foreign markets. If they have their way, dirty and dangerous coal would jeapordize the health, safety, and economy of our communities.

Please join Oregon PSR and our partners at Sierra Club and Climate Solutions next week in Portland and learn how you can help protect Portland from coal's assault on human health.

What: Portland Coal Hard Truth Forum
When: Monday, November 14th, 7:00-9:00 pm (Refreshments served at 6:30)
Where: Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212

Coal companies are threatening to send millions of tons of coal from mines in Wyoming and Montana overseas, bringing 20 uncovered coal trains through Portland daily to transport coal to proposed export terminals on the coast. What are our risks if these plans are approved and coal trains come spewing toxic coal dust into the air and water, exposing our lungs to diesel exhaust, stoking climate change, clogging the railroads and sparking fires?

Join with fellow community members on November 14th and be informed about some of the long term negative and destructive impacts this industry could have for our entire region. You'll learn about:

  • The regional picture of coal use and the health impacts of coal trains and coal burning
  • The specifics of the proposed coal ports and rail lines
  • Potential impacts of coal exports on Oregon, including local economic, health and environmental consequences
  • Explore better alternatives, and find out what you can do about it!


Go here for questions or to RSVP for the event, or contact Laura Stevens at 503-238-0442 x 305.