No Coal! in Lane County!

Published on October 5, 2012 by in Action, Events

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The Lane County Commissioners Board is voting on the Coal Terminal on October 17th. There will be no work session, but if you are interested in helping out, there will be a public comment period before the meeting in which concerned citizens can speak directly to the Commissioners for up to three minutes. Or send thoughts to the County Commissioners through their email —

Jay.Bozievich@co.lane.or.us
Rob.Handy@co.lane.or.us
Sid.Leiken@co.lane.or.us
Pete.Sorenson@co.lane.or.us

Come to the MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 PUBLIC FORUM in the Eugene Public Library to hear both sides of the issue. City Council is putting on the event so that the community has a chance to voice their opinions, as well as Coos Bay officials. Come at 5:30 if you wish to speak, and 7 if you wish to show solidarity (we will be passing out white surgical masks to NCE, Beyond Toxics, and other coalition members).

Before the event, at 4:00 pm, we will be meeting at the Beyond Toxics headquarters (12th and Lawrence) to rally and march together to the Public Library.

Contact City Council members to tell them how YOU feel about coal export!

 

Here is a good article by Greycoast Anarchist News on the event,

http://greycoast.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/eugene-coal-battle-heating-up/

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‘Coal Train’ Action Video

Published on April 16, 2012 by in Action, Local thoughts, News

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Here’s a fantastic video documenting No Coal Eugene’s coal train action.

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Coal Train Action

Published on April 16, 2012 by in Action, News, Uncategorized

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EUGENE, APRIL 16TH – Today at approximately 11:50AM, members of No Coal Eugene drove a massive, handcrafted “coal train” through the University of Oregon campus. The train stopped foot traffic and released “coal dust”, representing how a real coal train will interfere with people’s mobility and harm their health. This street theater was done in honor of Earth Week and to call attention to the coal trains that will be coming through Eugene.

Demonstrators included concerned students, Eugene residents and members of many different community groups. Some activists dressed as train conductors as they handed out literature about coal exports and announced “Coal Train coming though! Got a schedule to keep to. Need to keep delivering these coal related illness to your doorstep!”. Other participants held signs of coal related illnesses, such as lung cancer and emphysema, and staged a die-in.

In early December, 2011, the Port of Coos Bay announced “Project Mainstay,” a collaboration between Coos Bay and an anonymous company, to ship coal out of the harbor. Coal will be coming from the Powder River Basin in Montana through several cities, including Eugene, to be exported out of Coos Bay to Asian markets. An estimated 15,000 tons of uncovered coal will be on every train. The Sightline Institute estimates that 500 lbs to a ton of coal can escape from a single loaded car.

Other communities, like Bellingham, that are facing coal export have organized to fight “Project Mainstay” from polluting their cities. City residents in Eugene have been working together as well, “All Eugenians will be directly affected by these uncovered coal trains and it is all of our responsibility to permanently take action against these filthy industries that continue to make their profit by exploiting our resources and jeopardizing our health.”, comments Giffin Gates, co-director of the Survival Center at the UO, “Parents, activists, medical professionals, school teachers, government bodies, and all residents need to join in on the fight against all environmental injustices, especially these coal trains and the dirty industries that continue to pollute West Eugene.” Coal export is facing tremendous backlash and resistance from citizens in the Northwest.

No Coal Eugene is opposed to coal trains coming through Eugene and the use and extraction of any nonrenewable energy sources, including all fossil fuels. The group is committed to keeping the coal trains from polluting Eugene’s air, water and land. Dirty industries are not welcome in Eugene’s backyard or anyone else’s backyard.

Everyone is invited to attend the first biweekly community potluck this Thursday (4/19) at the upstairs of Grower’s Market, 454 Willamette St., from 7PM to 9PM. Learn more about the threat of coal exports, make new friends, eat tasty food and find out how we can stop the coal trains!

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Stop the Coal Train Banner Drop

Published on February 18, 2012 by in Action, News

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Today at approximately 1:30 PM, members of No Coal Eugene dropped a banner reading “STOP THE COAL TRAIN” from the parking garage on 10th and Oak in Eugene, Oregon. This action was done in solidarity with Rocky Mountain Powershift and to bring attention to the coal trains proposed to run through Eugene.

In October 2011, the Port of Coos Bay signed a contract with an anonymous company to ship coal out of the harbor. Coal will be coming from the Powder River Basin in Montana through several cities, including Eugene, to be exported out of Coos Bay to Asian markets. An estimated 15,000 tons of uncovered coal will be on every train. The Sightline Institute estimates that 500 lbs to a ton of coal can escape from a single loaded car. With one or two trains coming through Eugene everyday, Eugenians will be inhaling an unsafe amount of coal dust.

No Coal Eugene is in opposition to the coal trains for three reasons: We support the community of Coos Bay which is already impacted by environmentally destructive industries – including strip mining, deforestation, dredging and pollution. We are opposed to the use of fossil fuels as a non-renewable energy source because of its effect on the global climate and global health. We are also opposed to large coal companies using public money for their own profits.

 

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