A local hearing by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is approaching to discuss a proposal to build a $665 million port terminal near Bellingham to ship coal to China and other Asian customers. While the movement of coal would create jobs, many are worried about the environmental effect.

The Dec. 4 meeting is expected to address a variety of impacts the construction of such a terminal could have, including locally. But not everyone is against building a terminal and shipping coal through our area via train. The Spokesman-Review has more on the many questions surrounding shipping coal through our area.

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