Gallery: Scenes from the coal export protest

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Several hundred people gathered in downtown Portland to protest plans for coal export facilities in the Pacific Northwest.

Several hundred people gathered in downtown Portland to protest plans for coal export facilities in the Pacific Northwest.

Robert F. Kennedy headlined a protest against plans for coal export facilities in the Pacific Northwest drawing a couple hundred people to Pioneer Courthouse Square Monday afternoon.

At least three different companies have proposed export facilities in the Pacific Northwest that would handle coal coming from the Powder River Basin and transport it to ships headed for Asian markets.


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Environmental groups are raising the alarm over health concerns and over the precedent set by shipping "dirty" coal through the heart of the Pacific Northwest — coal trains would run through the Columbia River Gorge — long a leader in strong environmental protection policy and clean energy.

The protest included speakers from a variety of backgrounds. Click on the image here to take a look.

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