Rail More Vital Than Ever in Washington Trade Efforts

Continued investments in infrastructure necessary to remain competitive SEATTLE — Washington state’s freight rail network remains a vital part of our trade infrastructure network – but failures to invest in the system could jeopardize trade opportunities. Rail and maritime experts told lunchtime listeners Tuesday that continued investments in our freight rail system are essential if […]

KWC Event Focuses on Importance of Washington’s Rail Network to Whatcom County’s Economy

Briefing touts rail as part of Washington’s trade – and Internet-based — economy BELLINGHAM — Representatives of trade, agriculture, manufacturing and the business community gathered Tuesday to hear more about the continued importance of rail in Washington state. Speaking to the lunchtime group of more than 40 people at the Oxford Suites, BNSF regional public […]

Six States Join Lawsuit in Support of Millennium Bulk Terminals

Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Kansas and Nebraska the latest to join case against Washington state OLYMPIA — Six states filed a joint amicus brief in U.S. federal court today in support of Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, adding to a growing list of legal supporters for the export terminal project. The group of states […]

Whatcom Moratorium a Threat to State, Local Economy

Cherry Point moratorium would adversely impact trade, tax base and jobs BELLINGHAM —An ordinance voted on and renewed by the Whatcom County Council Tuesday night to freeze applications and permits for any new or expanded facilities at Cherry Point will have serious, long-term and negative economic consequences, impacting local family-wage jobs, economic development, charitable giving […]

KWC: Coal Terminal Lawsuit Filed Against the State ‘Troubling for Our Future’

Lighthouse Resources lawsuit to shed light on serious problem of politics trumping regulatory process in Washington OLYMPIA — Keep Washington Competitive issued the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed today by Lighthouse Resources against the state for denying key permits needed to build an export terminal that would deliver coal to trading partners […]

Millennium Appeals Shorelines Decision, Sues Ecology

Former State Attorney General McKenna: Appeal shines light on regulatory abuses OLYMPIA — Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna said today he supports today’s shoreline permit appeal by Millennium Bulk Terminals, which was recently denied by the Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner for reasons that went beyond the applicable issues tied to the shoreline permit […]

Energy Council Denies Vancouver Energy Project

Decision flies in face of own FEIS findings, casts shadow on state competitiveness OLYMPIA — Labor and agriculture leaders within Keep Washington Competitive denounced today’s decision by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which ignores the council’s own findings and casts a shadow over the state’s trade and business climates. “EFSEC is not listening […]

Millennium Shoreline Permit Denial: More of the Same

Cowlitz County shorelines permit another case of regulatory overreach OLYMPIA — A decision by Cowlitz County hearings examiner to deny Millennium Bulk Terminals its shoreline permit proves Washington state’s regulatory review processes is out of control according to labor, business, trade and agricultural representatives. “Today’s ruling by Cowlitz County suggests Washington state’s regulatory climate continues […]

Build It: Millennium Shoreline Permit Hearing Draws Supporters

Public hearing again draws testimony from labor, business, trade LONGVIEW — Thursday’s shoreline hearing for Millennium Bulk Terminals again drew hundreds of supporters from business organizations, construction trade groups, pro-trade and export groups. The public hearing marked the first day of what could be up to four days of public testimony on the shoreline permit […]

Coalition: Ecology Threatens Investment, Jobs in Washington

Labor, business rally around Millennium water permit appeal OLYMPIA — Representatives from labor and business agree: The Washington State Department of Ecology is putting jobs at risk in Washington state. “This latest decision by the Department of Ecology to deny Millennium its water permit based on questionable criteria outside its purview makes me wonder if […]