Lisa McShane and Mark Lowry are long-time Bellingham residents and friends. They disagree on the issue of exporting coal but they're still talking about it
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Lisa McShane and Mark Lowry are long-time Bellingham residents and friends. They disagree on the issue of exporting coal but they're still talking about it
Credit: ASHLEY AHEARN

Where Coal Divides, Community Remains

Exporting coal via the Northwest has become an issue so divisive that old friendships and alliances strain under the pressure. No matter how you feel about climate change or construction jobs or any number of issues bound to the five coal export terminals under consideration around the Northwest, chances are you know someone who feels differently about the issue than you do.