Action Alert: Say No To Coal

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.

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Send 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 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.
Instructions
  1. Use the talking points and letter templates below to compose a letter. Save as PDF or Word document. The name of the file cannot have any spaces in it, just underscores or hyphens. File Name Example: NCRA_Railbanking_Support_Letter
  2. Click here to file your comment with the STB
  3. Click on environmental comments
  4. Click on yes for whether you know your docket, then put in AB 1305 X.
  5. Fill out the fields and attach the letter.

Letter Templates & Talking Points

Talking points
  • Please set a timeline to complete the railbanking process.
  • It is not necessary to pause the larger railbanking process to confirm the legal status of two terminal segments of the farthest reaches of the rail line.
  • There is enormous public support for railbanking and the proposed Great Redwood Trail. But  neither the North Coast public nor the Eel River Canyon’s geology will support the unprecedented levels of freight rail traffic that would be required to finance reconstruction and maintenance of a railroad from Willits to Humboldt Bay.

 

Letter Templates

Dear Surface Transportation Board Members,

Please set a timeline and proceed with the North Coast Railroad Authority’s application to railbank the Northwestern Pacific Rail line. 

It is not necessary to pause the larger railbanking process to confirm the legal status of two terminal segments of the farthest reaches of the rail line.  

There is enormous public support for railbanking and the proposed Great Redwood Trail. But neither the North Coast public nor the Eel River Canyon’s geology will support the unprecedented levels of freight rail traffic that would be required to finance reconstruction and maintenance of a railroad from Willits to Humboldt Bay.

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Dear Humboldt Bay Harbor Commissioners,

Coal interests are moving to seize the North Coast Railroad Authority’s rail line in a scheme to ship coal out of Humboldt Bay to Asia. 

This is a threat to our community and our planet. Please act immediately to help prevent this nightmare from becoming a reality.

Jurisdictions across the West Coast have adopted ordinances that build upon local government authority to prohibit or impede similar projects. Please use your authority to bar the storage and export of coal from Humboldt Bay. 

Please also continue to support railbanking the NCRA’s rail line from Willits to Humboldt Bay for the Great Redwood Trail.

Sincerely,

[Name]