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Health, safety and jobs are all tied up in proposals to haul coal through Oregon for export to Asia.  Today,  the Portland city council added its voice to those asking the Corps of Engineers to do more in-depth studies.

The Portland Council Chamber was packed with the pros and cons of coal shipments.  Greg Peeden with the Alliance of Northwest Jobs and Exports is pragmatic, saying id coal shipyards are not built, jobs and business will be stifled, and there will still be a demand for coal energy.

 

But local business owner Sadie Clark sees it differently, saying shipping our energy sources to China will give Chinese businesses the unfair advantage of cheap, dirty power.

 

On a 3-0 vote the Council moved the resolution citing public environmental and safety concerns and asking for an in depth review before shipment permits are granted. 

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Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.