LANGThe Willamette Women Democrats will hold its GRAVATTmonthly meeting 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at Oswego Lake Country Club, 20 Iron Mountain Blvd. in Lake Oswego.

Guest speakers will be Michael Lang, conservation director of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and Ann Gravatt, Oregon director of Climate Solutions, who will present “The Nitty Gritty on Coal Trains and the Columbia Gorge.”

As the nation’s consumption of coal declines, coal companies are seeking new markets for coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. To develop these new markets, coal companies have proposed doubling coal exports by transporting coal by rail in open rail cars from the Powder River Basin through the Columbia River Gorge to export terminals along the Columbia River and in Wyoming State.

Lang will provide a visual presentation and discuss how these export proposals, if approved, would impact the Columbia River Gorge, its communities and the region. Gravatt will discuss the current economies of coal, the companies involved in these proposals and the effects on the Columbia Gorge.

The public is invited to attend the meeting. Cost for members is $12, $15 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. For reservations, call 503-656-4445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Jan. 6.

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