Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Top Northwest law firms have, for years, hired out their strategic and lobbying talents to grease big-ticket development projects, from proposed Puget Sound oil ports to trans-continental pipelines to construction of an enormous nuclear power plant in the bucolic Skagit Valley.

The drive  to build big, coal-export terminals, on the Columbia River at Longview and Cherry Point north of Bellingham, is getting help from some of the region's big-name barristers, according to a new report by the Sightline Institute, a "green" research outfit that measures the Northwest’s progress — and regress — in environmental matters.

Big Coal "is coming to the Northwest in a big way," writes Sightline, and is "hiring a small army of lawyers to smooth the path from unwelcome interloper to permanent fixture."

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