Target: Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon
Goal: Protect people and the environment from Arch Coal’s dangerous, money-hungry coal export project in Washington state.
Coal mining and processing giants Arch Coal have proposed a massive coal exporting project in Washington state, which would most certainly wreak irreversible havoc on the environment. The Millennium Bulk Export Terminal would be built in the town of Longview on the Pacific Northwest’s largest waterway, the Columbia River. Its purpose would be to transfer coal mined in Montana to markets in Asia. This would create a huge trail of coal-related pollution, all in the name of corporate profit. Washington’s Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon must reject Arch Coal’s proposal for the Millennium Bulk Export Terminal.
There are many forms of environmental destruction that would be brought about by the Millennium Bulk Export Terminal. Greenhouse gas emissions would skyrocket from processing activities in Washington, other nodes in Millennium’s exporting network, and the overseas coal plants expected to burn coal exported from the terminal. Diesel pollution from trains transporting coal from Montana to Washington would also be a major issue. Risks to the environment and human health are also presented by coal dust discharges and potential spills of hazardous material.
Arch Coal has a history of disrespecting the environment and local communities. Their mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia destroyed the quality of water, wildlife, and human life in those communities. They cannot be allowed to continually exploit the environment and local populations with dangerous, money-hungry endeavors. By signing the petition below, you can help urge the director of Washington’s Department of Ecology to reject Arch Coal’s proposal for the Millennium Bulk Export Terminals.
Dear Director Bellon,
Arch Coal’s Millennium Bulk Export Terminal poses severe, irreversible threats to the environment and to human health. Damages wrought by humongous levels of greenhouse gas emissions, incessant coal dust, and potential spills of hazardous materials are not to be taken lightly. Excusing these risks in order to allow Arch Coal to rake in the profits would be irresponsible and immoral.
It is your job to protect ecosystems and local communities in your state from harm. Arch Coal has proven time and time again, most poignantly in the Appalachia region, that they cannot be trusted to respect the environment nor the people living near their projects. The Millennium Bulk Export Terminals would similarly damage the quality of water, wildlife, and human life in Washington State. It would also accelerate global climate change past its present, already-terrifying rate.
Arch Coal cannot continue to exploit the environment nor local populations any longer. I urge you to reject Arch Coal’s proposal for the Millennium Bulk Export Terminals.
[Your Name Here]
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