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I have no interest in skewing the data to come to a predetermined conclusion because you know reputation in science is a lot like virginity. You can only lose it once.
Dan Jaffe is a scientist and professor at UW Bothell. He crowdsourced funds to research coal dust impacts from coal trains. Some question the validity of such research.

The latest in our Voices of Coal series. An asthma patient’s concerns about living near coal trains. See more at EarthFix.

EarthFix will host a live panel discussion, Exploring the Powder River Basin Coal-Train Proposals, on February 13 at Town Hall Seattle. The public event is designed to answer questions about coal exports, explore what happens next—and explain what all the fuss is about. Leading up to the event we’ll highlight the panelists who come from a variety of perspectives. If you can’t attend the live event, you can send questions and follow live tweets at #NWcoal.

For more information on this issue, check out our coverage of Coal In The Northwest.

Coal Panel Law Advisor
Sanne Knudsen
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law


Sanne Knudsen is a professor at the University of Washington School of Law.  She teaches natural resources law and has experience litigating NEPA cases similar to the Gateway Pacific Terminal.

EarthFix will host a live panel discussion, Exploring the Powder River Basin Coal-Train Proposals, on February 13 at Town Hall Seattle. The public event is designed to answer questions about coal exports, explore what happens next—and explain what all the fuss is about. Leading up to the event we’ll highlight the panelists who come from a variety of perspectives. If you can’t attend the live event, you can send questions and follow live tweets at #NWcoal.

For more information on this issue, check out our coverage of Coal In The Northwest.

Bob Watters
Senior Vice President - Director Business Development, SSA Marine

Mr. Watters joined Carrix in 1991 as marketing manager. Prior to that, he was in Brand Management and National Sales for Clorox. He is a graduate of the University of Washington. He has over 30 years of experience in the area of business development, 18 of which are in the container-related business. In 1997, Mr. Watters relocated to Singapore to assume overall responsibility for the Company’s operations and business development in Asia. In 2001, Mr. Watters returned to Carrix’s corporate office to oversee the company’s business development.

During the last 15 years, he has been involved in privatization efforts and other greenfield terminal developments in the U.S., Mexico, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Colombia, Vietnam and China. Mr. Watters has also supervised on-going operations in Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Iraq along with container terminal marketing for these projects. Mr. Watters also is responsible for the branding and public relations functions for Carrix and SSA Marine.

EarthFix will host a live panel discussion, Exploring the Powder River Basin Coal-Train Proposals, on February 13 at Town Hall Seattle. The public event is designed to answer questions about coal exports, explore what happens next—and explain what all the fuss is about. Leading up to the event we’ll highlight the panelists who come from a variety of perspectives. If you can’t attend the live event, you can send questions and follow live tweets at #NWcoal.

For more information on this issue, check out our coverage of Coal In The Northwest.


Jay Julius “Sle-lh’x elton”
Officer of Lummi Indian Business Council/Fisherman

Mr. Julius is a member, and Officer, of the Lummi Indian Business Council.  He is a man of deep faith and a devoted husband and father.  Like his forebearers, his livelihood and lifeway are dependent on the careful stewardship of the Salish Sea.  He is a leading spokesperson for the Lummi Nation in their opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal project and the irreversible impacts it would have on the lifeway of the Lummi people, and on their ancestral burial grounds at Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point).

EarthFix will host a live panel discussion, Exploring the Powder River Basin Coal-Train Proposals, on February 13 at Town Hall Seattle. The public event is designed to answer questions about coal exports, explore what happens next—and explain what all the fuss is about. Leading up to the event we’ll highlight the panelists who come from a variety of perspectives. If you can’t attend the live event, you can send questions and follow live tweets at #NWcoal.
For more information on this issue, check out our coverage of Coal In The Northwest.
Mike Elliott is a Washington State native.  His father was a union tradesmen (plumber/steamfitter/welder) who lived and traveled the Northwest working major construction projects in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Alaska during the ‘50’s, ‘60’s, and ‘70’s.  After graduating from high school in the 70’s,  Mike attended college at Eastern Washington University earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Geology in 1982.  Following college, he served in the U.S. Armed Forces (USMC) and in law enforcement during the 80’s.  Mike hired out on the railroad in the ‘90’s and has worked in the industry for over 18 years.  He holds union seniority in several railroad operating crafts including Locomotive Engineer, Conductor, Brakeman, and Switchmen.  He is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen and has served the union locally as division President, Vice-President, and Legislative Representative.  Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Washington State Legislative Board, representing over 700 members state-wide on AMTRAK, Union Pacific, BNSF, and Tacoma Rail, from 2006 to 2012.  Currently, Mike is a rail panelist on the Labor Transportation Coalition of the Washington State Labor Council.  He continues to serve the interests of the Washington State Legislative Board in Olympia and on an “as needed” basis.  One of Mike’s primary areas of interests is building a permanent rail education program in Washington State focusing specifically on training, building, and sustaining family-wage, union jobs in the rail industry.  Mike is also actively engaged in all aspects of rail safety.  Ensuring every railroad worker has a safe work environment is one of the primary missions of the Washington State Legislative Board and Mike continues to support his union’s activities in this area.  Finally, Mike is active in supporting and assisting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the enforcement of railroad worker “Whistle Blower” protections.  While there is still much work to do in this area, significant progress has been made since laws were passed in 2007 (Federal Rail Safety Improvement Act) to protect both injured workers and “whistle blowers.”

EarthFix will host a live panel discussion, Exploring the Powder River Basin Coal-Train Proposals, on February 13 at Town Hall Seattle. The public event is designed to answer questions about coal exports, explore what happens next—and explain what all the fuss is about. Leading up to the event we’ll highlight the panelists who come from a variety of perspectives. If you can’t attend the live event, you can send questions and follow live tweets at #NWcoal.

For more information on this issue, check out our coverage of Coal In The Northwest.

Mike Elliott is a Washington State native.  His father was a union tradesmen (plumber/steamfitter/welder) who lived and traveled the Northwest working major construction projects in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Alaska during the ‘50’s, ‘60’s, and ‘70’s.  After graduating from high school in the 70’s,  Mike attended college at Eastern Washington University earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Geology in 1982.  Following college, he served in the U.S. Armed Forces (USMC) and in law enforcement during the 80’s.

Mike hired out on the railroad in the ‘90’s and has worked in the industry for over 18 years.  He holds union seniority in several railroad operating crafts including Locomotive Engineer, Conductor, Brakeman, and Switchmen.  He is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen and has served the union locally as division President, Vice-President, and Legislative Representative.  Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Washington State Legislative Board, representing over 700 members state-wide on AMTRAK, Union Pacific, BNSF, and Tacoma Rail, from 2006 to 2012.  Currently, Mike is a rail panelist on the Labor Transportation Coalition of the Washington State Labor Council.  He continues to serve the interests of the Washington State Legislative Board in Olympia and on an “as needed” basis.

One of Mike’s primary areas of interests is building a permanent rail education program in Washington State focusing specifically on training, building, and sustaining family-wage, union jobs in the rail industry.  Mike is also actively engaged in all aspects of rail safety.  Ensuring every railroad worker has a safe work environment is one of the primary missions of the Washington State Legislative Board and Mike continues to support his union’s activities in this area.  Finally, Mike is active in supporting and assisting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the enforcement of railroad worker “Whistle Blower” protections.  While there is still much work to do in this area, significant progress has been made since laws were passed in 2007 (Federal Rail Safety Improvement Act) to protect both injured workers and “whistle blowers.”

A nice explanatory piece about the Northwest coal export proposals. Check out EarthFix’s coverage on Coal In The Northwest.

This week’s in Your Weekly EarthFix Podcast, host Ashley Ahearn talks shop with Katie Campbell about recent coverage of coal in the Northwest and removal of dams on the Elwha River. For more check out our Podcast Extras on EarthFix.