Protest against offshore drilling, coal exportation scheduled for Saturday

Published on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Local residents are organizing a protest against coal exportation and offshore drilling for the Cherry Point area this weekend.

Organizers will gather at the Cherry Point beach on Saturday, August 4, from noon to 12:15 p.m. Protesters will meet at the small parking lot at the end of Gulf Road and walk to the beach.

Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged. Gulf Road is accessed via heading west on Henry Road, which is reached by traveling south on Kickerville Road. The Henry Road/Kickerville intersection is south of Grandview Road.

The beach is just north of the proposed spot for the $600 million Gateway Pacific Terminal, which is slated to transfer millions of tons of coal and other products from rail cars to waiting transport ships bound for Asia. The public scoping process for the environmental impact statement necessary for the project to proceed should start this fall.


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