December 3, 2012
Coal export opponents, from left, Wayne Spitzer, Ginger Hughes and April Beasley show their disapproval of a pro-coal speaker who was giving public testimony on a proposed Cherry Point coal export terminal near Bellingham, Wash., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Opponents and supporters have made the same points in four previous hearings and two more are scheduled Wednesday in Vancouver and Dec. 13 in Seattle. The public comment period remains open through Jan. 21, and then an environmental impact statement will be drafted. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Colin Mulvany)
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After six hearings around Washington on a proposed coal export terminal near Ferndale, supporters and opponents already knew their lines for Thursday’s final meeting, which was moved to the state convention center because it can accommodate 3,500 people.