Time is money: Permitting ‘shot clock’ now reality in Washington

When it comes to economic development, time really is money. That’s why having regulatory certainty – clear timeframes and regulatory milestones – is critical in the attraction and retention of investors and developers. So the good news out of Olympia recently was the signing of a bill to put in place the regulatory equivalent of […]

Vancouver Maritime Federation Event Focuses on Permitting

Maritime experts from Southwest Washington heard first-hand how Washington’s extensive permitting process is affecting infrastructure investments in our state. At a May 12 gathering of the Maritime Federation in Vancouver, representatives from two of the state’s largest private infrastructure projects, Vancouver Energy and Millennium Bulk Terminals, shared how regulatory delays are affecting their efforts to […]

The Columbian – Longview coal terminal environmental review released

The Columbian | April 29, 2017 By Brooks Johnson, Columbian Business Reporter The Millennium Bulk Terminals coal-export proposal in Longview would bring up to eight coal-carrying trains of 125 cars each through Vancouver every day, according to new information included in a state environmental review released Friday. Release of the massive study is a major […]

AgInfo.Net – Millennium Bulk Terminal (Parts 1 and 2)

AgInfo.Net | May 3, 2017 Millennium Bulk Terminal Pt 1 by Bob Larson Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report I’m Bob Larson. More regulations from an environmental impact statement could choke the Millennium Bulk Terminal proposed for Longview. The state Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County issued their final EIS last week, reaffirming that coal dust […]

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, […]