Stop Big Coal From Killing Orcas

Target: Senators Cantwell and Murray

Goal: Do not allow Big Coal to kill Orcas with polluted waterways in the Pacific Northwest.

Major coal companies want to build massive coal terminals in the Pacific Northwest in order to receive coal from trains and ship it, on barges, overseas. This will not only devastate coastal habitat, but will leak toxic coal and pollution into the Puget Sound- home to a declining number of Orcas. Big Coal does not have the health of animals, or people, in mind. Their concern is money.

Big Coal is currently attempting to purchase land on the coast of Washington, in the Puget Sound, in order build terminals that will ship coal to China. Of course, the coal will not just appear on the coast of Washington. It must first be transported from the Powder River Basin through the country and state on trains, which on such a grand scale can become very negative very quickly. Coal trains are heavy, huge, polluting and will demand use of rail to the point that it will detriment passenger train use. Not to mention coal dust, produced from uncovered and rotating coal, is very difficult to control.

Coal is an extreme pollutant; allowing these terminals means the sensitive wildlife in the Puget Sound, including an endangered population of less than 90 Orcas, will be subject to dirtier water and obtrusive and dangerous terminals. The quality of the air will be compromised. The coastal habitat will be degraded, putting the ecosystems that thrive there at an extreme disadvantage. As a nation we should be moving away from coal exportation, purchase and use. Coal is the most damaging of all fossil fuels and is a major contributor to Global Warming. Coal extraction itself is a detrimental force, often involving mountain top removal and extremely dangerous working conditions.

Demand that the Washington State Senators and the Federal Government put a stop to plans of building terminals and exporting coal to Asia from the Washington Coast. Show your support for the Orcas and all of the Puget Sound’s inhabitants, people and the environment included. Sign this petition today.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray and Federal Government,

Major coal companies are looking to build massive terminals in the Pacific Northwest to export coal to China. The devastating effects of these terminals, should they be allowed to appear, would span to many different ecosystems. Their construction will devastate coastal habitat, pollute our air and contribute to Global Warming and negatively effect the already declining population of Orcas in the Puget Sound.

Big Coal will stop at nothing in order to make money off of their product. Coal is an extremely polluting fossil fuel when burned, and potentially polluting during transportation. Uncovered and rotated coal produces dust that is detrimental to our breathing air and wildlife. Transporting coal over water or land is dangerous: coal trains are large, heavy, polluting and a disaster waiting to happen if they were to derail. As a nation we should be moving away from the production, exportation and burning of coal. Even extracting coal from the Earth is devastating to our beautiful mountains, through mountain top removal, and our coal mine workers.

If Big Coal is allowed to build terminals in Washington, more specific the Puget Sound, we will be taking crucial steps backwards in our fight for a clean and safe Earth for generations to come. The population of Orcas in the Puget Sound have a chance to prosper once again if their habitat is not degraded any further. I am urging you to seriously consider the devastating effects that these coal exportation terminals will have on the surrounding ecosystems. Please say “no” to Big Coal.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: DrTH80 via Flickr

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