Last night the 9 member Salem City Council voted unanimously to pass a letter supporting Governor Kitzhaber’s call for an area-wide Environmental Impact Statement.
It was a packed house, with about 70+ people in attendance. Dr. Andy Harris testified about the health impacts (thanks, Regna & Oregon PSR!), Rev. Janet Parker testified about the moral importance of stopping coal exports, a Salem Neighborhood Association leader testified, Evan White & Hans West testified, among others. Linda Coons made sure that everyone had a sticker on.
We can now add Salem to the list of the more than 30 other cities, counties, and other entities that have expressed concern or opposition about coal exports!
A HUGE congratulations to everyone who made this happen. It took a lot of work to get to this point.
Congratulations, especially to Evan White, Hans West, Eric Spivak and Jim Scheppke for their outstanding leadership of the Salem Beyond Coal Task Force and careful, strategic work to get Neighborhood Associations and Councilmembers on board. Evan White and Hans West have worked tirelessly over recent weeks to make this happen.
Hats off, of course, to Lucy Sedgewick, Green Corps organizer who worked on the Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign in Salem in the fall. Lucy kick started all of this work and built up a team of leaders and volunteer activists in Salem who brought this campaign over the finish line.