The Spokesman-Review – Knezovich, railroads tout rail safety as Spokane coal, oil train activists close in on ballot measure

The Spokesman-Review | April 20, 2017 By Kip Hill Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and representatives of the two railroads shipping coal and oil through downtown on Thursday detailed their work ensuring safe transport of the commodities. “We have been running tabletop exercises, as far as potential disasters and everything else,” Knezovich said in the […]

The Daily News (Longview) – Initial thoughts

The Daily News Longview | May 3, 2017 Millennium Bulk Terminals’ final state environmental impact statement was issued last Friday and we have some initial thoughts to share. Our view can be summarized in one word – disappointing. After five years and $15 million, the final state EIS is disappointing because it appears the state […]

Act Rationally, Not Rashly, Following Shipping Accidents

Morning Consult, Mark Chubb, 7/15/16 The recent oil train crash in Oregon has renewed calls for a ban on shipping crude by rail.  But while calling for a ban on oil rail shipments might make for good politics, the reality is that such a ban is so impractical that proposals to do so are dead […]

Editorial: Renewing overdue bids would refuel economy

The Spokesman-Review, July 24, 2015 – An overdue bid to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund could be the vehicle for renewal of the Export-Import Bank charter. Refueling both would boost the economy. Absent congressional action, the trust fund, which finances the maintenance of crumbling highways and bridges, runs out of money July 31. The House, which […]

Spending to keep freight moving

Everett Herald, 11/1/14- SEATTLE — Most people’s eyes glaze over when they hear terms such as freight mobility and infrastructure investment. But that’s practically all anyone could talk about Monday at the Washington Trade Conference. Trade is a huge part of the state’s economy. It helps support about 40 percent of jobs here, according to […]

Why Washingtonians should care more about trade

The Seattle Times, Blanca Torres, 11/12/14 – Most people don’t think much about trade. Sure, we all know the goods we buy at the store had to come from somewhere, but do most people stop and think about where that somewhere is or how the movement happened? Probably not often. I spent several hours Monday […]

Business, Labor Say Ecology Goes Too Far – New Coalition to Protest ‘Overreach’ on Coal Port Project

Washington State Wire, Erik Smith, February 3, 2014 – ‘Keep Washington Competitive’ Says Commerce at Risk – Other Industries Could be Affected by Ecology Plan to Evaluate Coal-Burning in China Big players in business and labor finally can agree on something: The Department of Ecology has them spooked. The agency’s plan to write a wildly expansive environmental […]

Tribes to ask EPA to step in on clean-water rule

Seattle Times, 9/6/14 – The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission has told Gov. Jay Inslee it plans to ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to come up with new water-quality rules for the state. EVERETT — An alliance of Washington tribes has told Gov. Jay Inslee it plans to ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

Labor and Business Coalition Announces Expansion

Shared interests drive mission to address three major policy issues impacting middle-class job growth and state’s manufacturing- and trade-based economy. SEATTLE – Keep Washington Competitive, a diverse group of community leaders from business, labor, agriculture and other trade-related entities, announced a major expansion this week, following the addition of new members concerned about escalating regulatory […]