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December 24

175 foot pile of coal about to be shipped out.
On our way to Louisiana, we passed over the Sam Houston Toll Bridge that crosses the Port of Houston
and the Houston Ship Channel. Houston is 3rd largest port in the U.S. and has the largest petrochemical port in the world.

The expansion of a terminal along the heavily industrialized Houston Ship Channel normally receives little attention.
But Kinder Morgan Energy Partners’ refurbished two docks and opened a new front in the fight over coal.

Environmentalists are mounting a campaign to stop the projects and a dozen other proposed shipping terminals along
the Gulf Coast because the docks, if built to capacity, could export as much as 200 million tons of coal
per year from Appalachia and the Rockies to Asia and Europe.

They say exporting the sandy black gold will threaten local air quality, particularly near docks and
rail lines, while encouraging China and others to burn more coal and increase emissions of carbon dioxide
and other climate-altering gases.

“It’s hard to see how Houston wins,” said Al Armendariz, a former Environmental Protection Agency official
who leads the Sierra Club’s anti-coal campaign in Texas.

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Irene Wehrli28-Dec-2013 08:24
Driveway to heaven - great shot!
Julie Oldfield27-Dec-2013 21:37
Really interesting shot and very informative. V
Tom LeRoy27-Dec-2013 17:36
A fabulous composition with a dramatic perspective. Thanks for the interesting information! V!
David Sands27-Dec-2013 13:15
Merry Christmas. great shot and interesting back story.
Dennis Hoyne27-Dec-2013 04:55
A superb composition and perspective, a lot to consider.
Frank Brault27-Dec-2013 03:11
A wonderful image1 Superbly composed. I never would have thought that a pile of coal could be so beautiful! V
woody3426-Dec-2013 23:58
Wonderful background info.
Well done to get this image going over the bridge.Great clear details of the traffic and rising accent of the road.V
Terry Sprague26-Dec-2013 21:29
Excellent image and info. Thanks. V
Karen Stuebing26-Dec-2013 21:24
That is a pile of coal. Now I know where all those trains go. Super composition with it looming next to the highway. V.
firstbrook26-Dec-2013 18:55
luv the image...great tex
Sam Rua26-Dec-2013 17:27
Nice comp, Lynn. That coal pile looks like a huge cinder cone. Must be weird to see the horizon changing based on shipping activity.
Walter Otto Koenig26-Dec-2013 15:35
Cool perspective and interesting information.
Gary Hebert26-Dec-2013 15:20
excellent image and commentary Lynn... :-))