Our friends at Northern Plains Resource Council in Billings are asking Montanans to weigh in on the last proposed coal export facility still on the table in the Northwest, the Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, Washington.

Please send the Washington Department of Ecology a letter asking officials to reject a water pollution permit. Go here:


You have to do this today or tomorrow to make the deadline. A Washington State review of the project found that the port would lead to unavoidable and significant degradation of air and water quality, public health, rail safety, and tribal/cultural resources.

Without this key permit, the proposed export terminal can’t happen. The port would export 50 million tons of coal each, most of which would come from Montana, and most of which would travel the rails along the Clark Fork River and through the City of Missoula’s rail yard and neighborhoods.

Most importantly, we know that expanding coal mining, transporting, and burning is exactly the wrong way to go if we want to control global warming.

We hope you take a minute to send this letter.

Jeff Smith, co-chair, 350 Montana