Coal interests are moving to seize the North Coast Railroad Authority’s rail line in a scheme to ship coal to Asia out of Humboldt Bay. Such an operation would present profound threats to public health and to North Coast ecosystems, especially Humboldt Bay and the Eel River. Nor can the Earth’s atmosphere absorb the carbon from burning that coal without further catastrophic impacts, from the drought and wildfires we see around us to the sea level rise that will soon drown what remains of the rail line.
Friends of the Eel River, Humboldt Baykeeper, EPIC, the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities, Northcoast Environmental Center, and the Humboldt Trails Council will do everything in our power to prevent the nightmare of a coal train from coming true.
Please join us in demanding our local, state, and national representatives use every possible means to stop the coal train. We need your support on two actions.
First, tell the Surface Transportation Board to proceed with railbanking.
Second, tell the Humboldt Bay Harbor District to protect Humboldt Bay by passing an ordinance to prohibit or impede coal export facilities within their jurisdiction.
For the trails,
Individual Comments to the Surface Transportation Board
We need your help to convince the Surface Transportation Board to complete the North Coast Railroad Authority’s railbanking process. With this process complete we can help protect our region from the threat of coal trains running along the Eel River canyon, and move forward with developing the Great Redwood Trail.
If you would like to make individualized comments to the Surface Transportation Board by September 14, please follow the below instructions and suggested talking points.
The STB is only able to focus on whether or not a rail proposal is financially viable.