Thursday, November 8, 2012

State Legislators Ask Governor For TasK Force To Look At Coal Train Impact

I sat in on a meeting with an Eastern Washington University Planning class a couple weeks ago and they had questions about the proposal to move more coal trains through our area. I said I'd try to post updates to the blog, so here's the latest: Four state legislators sat down with Gov. Chris Gregoire yesterday to ask her to establish and "empower" a task force that would examine all impacts of the trains cross the state from Spokane to Bellingham.

State Senate-elect Andy Billig from here in Spokane was in on that effort. Here's the story, from the Seattle P.I.

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