Don't let Louisiana get railroaded by Big Coal
Big Coal companies think that people in Louisiana just don’t care about the quality and safety of their neighborhoods. They are planning to connect new and expanding export terminals to rail lines and increase shipments of coal by train. This could bring millions of tons of coal in dirty, mile-long, uncovered trains through communities all across Louisiana, spreading dirty coal dust and snarling traffic wherever they go.
Many of these plans involve increasing rail traffic in highly residential areas that have never seen coal trains, place like Westwego, Gretna, Belle Chasse, and other communities on the West Bank of New Orleans.
Coal trains bring noise, traffic jams, dust that can contribute to breathing problems, and run the risk of dangerous derailments. A 2002 study by the Regional Planning Commission determined that significantly increasing traffic on rail lines in the West Bank would bring “unacceptable levels of community disruption.”
Take a minute to tell state and local officials that coal trains have no place in our communities.
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