Rail company shelving Hoquiam, WA coal export plans
The Seattle Times. August 14, 2012.
RailAmerica has decided to abandon its plans to construct a coal storage and export facility at the Port of Gray’s Harbor in Hoquiam, Washington. Senior vice president for RailAmerica, Gary Lewis, said that RailAmerica now believes there are other uses for the port that might be more beneficial for the Port and the company through job creation, tax revenues, and business. RailAmerica had previously been interested in shipping up to 5 million tons of coal out of Hoquiam annually. Citizens for a Clean Harbor, a local group work in opposition of coal export from the Port of Gray’s Harbor, and the Power Past Coal coalition acknowledge that there are alternative uses for the port terminal that could be much more beneficial to the community and the Northwest region than a coal export terminal.
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