Wash. appeals court to hear anti-coal measure

BELLINGHAM — An anti-coal group is asking a state appeals court to allow on the November ballot an initiative that would block the transport of coal through Bellingham.

County election officials say the deadline to add the measure to ballots and voters pamphlets is fast approaching.

Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Charles Snyder on Aug. 3 granted the city of Bellingham an injunction that blocks the measure from the ballot. Coal Free Bellingham is seeking to lift that injunction.

The Bellingham Herald reports the ordinance would ban the transport of coal on the city’s roads or railways and is partly intended to foil a proposal by SSA Marine to build a coal and bulk cargo export facility at Cherry Point.

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