Local Leaders Continue to Decry Politicized Regulatory Process

State Senator Dean Takko (D-Longview) recently authored an op-ed in The Daily News  condemning the latest instance of the Washington Department of Ecology prioritizing its politics at the expense of facts. At issue is a recent decision prohibiting the state’s oyster growers from spraying a pesticide to kill burrowing shrimp that threaten the oyster stocks […]

Washington AGs Agree on Millennium

Former Washington Attorney General Ken Eikenberry recently wrote an op-ed in the Everett Herald criticizing state leadership for broadly overstepping the bounds of their authority in regards to the unconstitutional use of a “regulatory wall” to block the Millennium Bulk Terminals export project. Eikenberry is not the state’s only former top law enforcement official to […]

Washington’s Trade Economy Needs Infrastructure Development

With its robust industries and coastal geography, Washington state continues to be a national leader in trade. A recent op-ed in the Seattle Times by Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, reminds us just how powerful of an economic driver international trade is for the state. In the United […]

Support for Millennium in its Lawsuit Gains Momentum

An increasing number of states, unions, trade associations, and businesses continue to join the lawsuit against the Inslee administration over its political pushback on Millennium Bulk Terminals. The most recent action comes from a joint amicus brief filed in U.S. Federal Court by the states of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Kansas, and Nebraska. The […]

Millennium Determined and Confident in Overcoming Regulatory Hurdles

Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview remains optimistic that its proposed export terminal in Longview will overcome the state’s regulatory pushback, according to a recent article from The Daily News. The latest initiative to advance the project comes from Lighthouse Resources, Millennium’s parent company. According to The Daily News, Lighthouse is exploring ways to use a renegotiated North […]

Politics Continue Dominate Washington Regulatory Decisions

It looks like Washington’s oyster population will become the latest victim of politics-as-usual among regulators in Olympia. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently rejected a bid by Willapa-Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association (WGHOGA) to use a pesticide to control burrowing mud shrimp that invade oyster beds, making it difficult for the shellfish to grow. […]

Reduce Global Emissions by Leveraging American Coal

The struggle to find new and innovative solutions to curb global greenhouse gas emissions has plagued the environmental community for years. Those whose first priority is to address climate change are constantly looking for outside-the-box ideas to address this issue. But what many don’t realize is that the answer isn’t that novel at all. In […]

BNSF Joins Lawsuit against Washington’s Illegal Block on Millennium

On Tuesday, BNSF Railway requested to join a federal lawsuit against Governor Jay Inslee and other state regulators over their arbitrary denial of key permits for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, according to The Daily News. BNSF seeks to join Lighthouse Resources Inc., Millennium’s parent company, in the lawsuit against Washington. The […]

Judge Scolds Regulators in Ruling on DNR Sublease

Cites “arbitrary and capricious” decision by the state OLYMPIA — Calling the Department of Natural Resources’ decision “arbitrary and capricious,” a Cowlitz County Superior Court judge is sending the state back to the drawing board to develop a solution to the Millennium aquatic lands sublease. “Friday’s decision validates the concerns of many watching this process […]