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Oregon Building Trades Council Resolution in support of the Vancouver Energy Terminal

Post date: August 28, 2017

RESOLUTION TO THE 2017 OREGON STATE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL CONVENTION Resolution to Support the Vancouver Energy Terminal WHEREAS Vancouver Energy will safely and efficiently transfer North American crude oil from rail to ship for distribution to West Coast refineries where it will be converted into transportation fuels for American families and businesses; and […]

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

Post date: May 10, 2017

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

Post date: May 9, 2017

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

Post date: July 15, 2016

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 […]


Judge Scolds Regulators in Ruling on DNR Sublease

Post date: October 30, 2017

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 […]

What Does Ecology’s Decision Mean for Future Projects in Washington?

Post date: October 3, 2017

Last month’s decision by the Department of Ecology to deny Millennium Bulk Terminals – the proposed export terminal in Longview – its water quality permit was a shocking announcement. The decision makes a mockery of the state’s regulatory review process and will have broader implications on Washington. Check out the document below to learn more about […]

Tacoma’s Decision on Tideflats Will Impact Future Investment

Post date: August 14, 2017

  Last year, plans to bring a methanol plant to Tacoma were cancelled, costing the city a $3.6 billion investment. Sound familiar? All over Washington, worthwhile developments in our state’s energy infrastructure are being delayed and ultimately given up on as a result of lengthy reviews and opposition from special interest groups. Now, as Puget […]

Increase Economic Potential by Supporting Infrastructure Projects

Post date: August 4, 2017

Washington plays a unique role in the Northwest economy. The state’s deep-water and inland waterway ports and geographic location make Washington a natural gateway for U.S. consumer goods, agricultural products, and raw materials headed overseas as well as a wide array of imported parts, equipment, and resources critical to the American manufacturing sector. But these […]

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Millennium Shoreline Permit Denial: More of the Same

Post date: November 15, 2017

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

Post date: November 3, 2017

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

Post date: October 25, 2017

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 […]

Ecology Denies Millennium Permit on Questionable Grounds

Post date: September 26, 2017

State denies key permit based on non-water quality issues OLYMPIA — Washington business, trade and labor leaders denounced today’s Millennium Bulk Terminals water quality permit denial by the Department of Ecology, saying the decision, based more on the rail and traffic concerns than on impact to water quality, made a mockery of the state’s regulatory review […]