A press release from the Friends of the Columbia Gorge notes The Hood River City Council through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area for export to Asia. In a unanimous vote, the City Council approved one of the toughest resolutions opposing coal export to date.
The release quotes Hood River Mayor Arthur Babitz as saying “Our Council sees the proposal to ship huge quantities of coal through our city by rail and barge as a major threat to our quality of life. Our job is to protect the health and safety of our citizens, and turning the Gorge into a coal chute is not a future we want to see.” There are seven proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest and some projects already have active permit applications pending before state and federal agencies.
Four other Columbia Gorge communities have raised concerns about coal exports — Dallesport, Mosier, Washougal, and Camas. Several more communities are currently considering taking action.