"More Than 2,000 Attend Wash. Coal Terminal Hearing"

"SEATTLE -- More than 2,000 opponents and supporters of a plan to ship coal through a northwest Washington terminal turned out Thursday for a final public meeting on the controversial proposal."

"Six other public meetings have been conducted around the state concerning a possible coal export terminal near Ferndale. The hearings are designed to help government agencies determine the scope of a planned environmental impact statement.

Many business and labor groups support the plan, saying it will mean jobs and commerce.

Among the worries are coal's contribution to global warming and the potential impact to Puget Sound's ecosystem."

The Associated Press had the story December 13, 2012.

Source: AP, 12/14/2012