Since coal is dying out as a power source in the United States, fossil fuel companies are eager to ship the black stuff overseas. China, India, and other developing giants are loading up on carbon-belching power plants, after all, and the heaps of coal they'll need to run 'em will have to come from somewhere.
Hence the plans to build a number of coal export terminals on the west coast of the U.S. and Canada—fossil fuel companies hope to extend their lifespan by shipping coal mined in the middle of the continent overseas. Opponents say we've got to keep those carbon bombs in the ground if we hope to avoid climate catastrophe. They also point out that the increased traffic will pollute local communities, and, yeah, lead to accidents and subsequent spillage.
Kinda like this one, as reported by the Vancouver Sun:
A large bulk carrier docking at Westshore Terminals in Delta's Roberts Bank crashed into a berth early Friday morning, knocking out a section of trestle connecting the berth to the terminal and spilling an undetermined amount of coal into Georgia Strait.The photo up there's pretty impressive—the tanker just smashed right through the trestle.
The accident has put the berth out of service for an indefinite time, affecting the terminal's export capacity.
The spill into the waters off the Fraser delta is being viewed by coal critics as a reason to shelve expansion of coal export capacity by Port Metro Vancouver.
Yeah, there will be more where that came from.