Final SEPA Ruling Announced for Millennium Bulk Terminals

Global application of a state regulatory policy unprecedented OLYMPIA — Representatives from business, labor and agriculture said today’s final environmental impact analysis from the state Department of Ecology is a major milestone for the project, but reflects a misapplication of a state law intended to mitigate local impacts. This morning, the Washington state Department of […]

Washington Supreme Court Finds No Fault With Vancouver Energy Lease

Last week, the Washington Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Port of Vancouver and its lease for the proposed Vancouver Energy Terminal. In a 5-4 vote the court upheld a decision by the Port of Vancouver commissioners to extend Vancouver Energy’s lease in order to allow the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFESC) […]

‘Shot clock’ permitting timeline bill advances in Washington Legislature

This session, a bill was introduced in the Washington State House of Representatives that could finally help ease the state’s permitting woes. Substitute House Bill 1086, a bipartisan measure sponsored by Reps. Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen), Brian Blake (D-Aberdeen), Larry Springer (D- Kirkland), JT Wilcox (R-Yelm), and Mark Hargrove (R-Covington), would encourage environmental permitting agencies to […]

Rail Already the Safest Way to Transport Oil

Last month, lawmakers in Washington and Oregon introduced legislation that would further regulate the transportation of crude oil through the Pacific Northwest. House Bill 1611 and companion Senate Bill 5462 in Washington, along with Senate Bill 7 in Oregon, would give regulatory bodies’ greater influence over the railroads. These attempts at economic regulation echo efforts […]

IBEW Officials Highlight Need for Infrastructure Projects

From fiber optics to fire alarms, the nationally recognized NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center in Portland has just about everything it needs to train the next generation of electrical workers. Everything, that is, except a major infrastructure project. About 20 Vancouver-area elected officials, port officials, economic development and labor leaders participated in a tour last Friday […]

Railway Plans to Invest Millions in Washington

Last week, BNSF Railway announced their capital expenditure plans for 2017, and it looks like Washington will be receiving a very large share. Ranking third overall on the list, Washington is poised to obtain $175 million in investments from the company to improve and replace rail lines, signifying a strong commitment from the Fort Worth, […]

Railroads are Key Partners to Improving Transportation Safety

Rail continues to be the go-to method of transporting all kinds of commodities to and from Washington, and for those who had any doubts, the industry is safer than ever before. A recent op-ed in the Puget Sound Business Journal by John Lovenburg, vice president of Environment for BNSF Railway, touted improvements to rail emergency […]

New Policy Briefs Warn Against Washington’s Stifling Regulatory Climate

Strengthen regulatory certainty in Washington—this was the loud and clear message coming from two new studies highlighted recently in a blog post in The Lens. The pair of studies, one from the Washington Research Council (WRC) and the other commissioned by the Washington Maritime Federation (WMF) and authored by former U.S. Maritime Administrator Dave Matsuda […]

Washington’s Economy Needs Attention Outside of Puget Sound

An editorial in The Longview Daily News  examines the current state of Washington’s economy and specifically calls attention to its high unemployment numbers compared to neighbors Oregon and Idaho. The argument of this piece is straightforward: Washington’s economy is lagging behind its peers in the Pacific Northwest and the United States, and the time has […]