By John Stark
Based on Facebook posts I’m seeing, Gateway Pacific Terminal foes are hyperventilating over the fact that those who support the big coal pier are already lining up outside the Ferndale Events Center on Barrett Road to potentially claim all the available public speaking spots at the environmental scoping meeting that starts at 3 p.m. today, Nov. 29.
Update at 12:50: Here’s a photo posted to FB by terminal backers.
Looks like the union and business people backing the project leanred their lesson on Oct. 27, when environmentalists showed up to stand in the rain for more than two hours outside Squalicum High School for the scoping meeting there.
Maybe both sides can console themselves with the fact that both written and oral testimony on scoping issues is being accepted by regulatory agencies, and the agencies promise that comments into a microphone get no extra weight.
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