By John Stark
With emotions running high for the Saturday, Oct. 27 public session on a prop0sed Cherry Point coal export terminal, key leaders of the pro- and anti-coal export movements have joined in a call for civility.
Crina Hoyer, executive director of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, and Mark Lowry, president of the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, issued this statement:
“As community leaders, we value public process, civil discourse, and the open exchange of ideas. For the upcoming scoping process for the Gateway Pacific Terminal project, we commit to behaving with the utmost respect, professionalism, and civility to each other and to the government officials involved in this process. We ask you to join us and commit to the same set of standards.”
Environmentalists say they expect more than 1,000 people to gather for a 10 a.m. rally outside Squalicum High School, 3773 E. McLeod Road, in advance of the 11 a.m. -to-3 p.m. Saturday “scoping meeting” to give interested people a chance to weigh in on what environmental and economic issues should get study as part of the lengthy process of deciding whether the Gateway Pacific Terminal can be built in conformance with local, state and federal environmental regulations.
Labor unions and others who support the terminal for its jobs and tax revenues are also expected to turn out.