“Big Coal” Update!

Greetings members, supporters, and friends of WSDW!
Due to the diligence, perseverance and positive activism of those of us who attended our membership meeting/ luncheon/work party on December 22, you can congratulate yourself for helping to get Washington State one step closer to a Coal Free state!
Attendees at our meeting wrote cards and letters to outgoing Commissioner Goldmark and incoming Commissioner Hilary Franz thanking them for their stance against big coal in our state and urging them to continue saying no to any more coal terminals. Now you can see the fruits of your labor in the news release below! Also please sign the petition and take advantage of the Letter-to-the-Editor opportunity.  They have talking points you can copy and paste–it’s easy as pie!
I can’t overstate the importance of how our voices are effective and a key factor in helping our government leaders to fight for us and what WE think is important!  Give yourselves a pat on the back, and know that we have to stay awake and keep up the good fight, for when we stand together, there’s nothing we can’t do!
Rachel Glass

WSDW, Chair

Subject: Big blow to Big Coal – Thank you Commissioner Goldmark!

Explore. Enjoy. Protect.
Greetings Rachel,
Did you hear the news? 
Last week, through the work of grassroots voices like yours, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark, announced two major blows to Big Coal. Will you send Commissioner Goldmark a message of thanks right now?
First, Commissioner Goldmark gave a firm “no” to the nation’s biggest coal terminal at Longview, Washington.The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) denied the lease that Millennium Terminals needs in order to build their facility in the Columbia River. 
Why did the DNR say “no” to Millennium? Armed with people power, science, and common sense, people across the Northwest, including tribal nations and a diverse set of community leaders, convinced the DNR that Millennium’s shaky finances and environmental impacts had no place on the iconic Columbia River. 
Secondly, at the request of the Lummi Tribal Nation, Commissioner Goldmark expanded an aquatic reserve to include Cherry Point near Bellingham, protecting land that Big Coal previously had eyed for a coal export terminal. This provides more permanent protections to Cherry Point, locking in our 2016 victory when the Army Corps of Engineers denied a critical permit for Gateway Pacific Terminals’ coal plans.
Whether you testified at a hearing, volunteered your time, or signed a petition, this victory belongs to you. We know we can count on you to make sure 2017 is the year Washington decision-makers reject coal exports for good.  But for now, let’s celebrate an incredible win!   
Cheers to all that you’ve done to stop coal exports in the Pacific Northwest! 
Laura Stevens
Organizing Representative, Sierra Club