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State’s rhetoric doesn’t align with actions

Post date: April 10, 2018

The Daily News | Editorial Board | April 7, 2018 On Monday, State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz announced a new effort to boost Washington’s rural economies. Her “Rural Communities Partnership Initiative” is kicking off with the announcement of four initiatives that include a $1 million boat recycling facility and a $1 million research project into the […]

Common sense needed on regulatory issues

Post date: March 1, 2018

The Daily News Longview | Jeff Wilson, Port of Longview Commissioner | 3/1/18 The time has come for the return of common sense to our regulatory process. For more than five years, I have watched as state and federal officials have stalled regulatory reviews on major projects that would bring family-wage jobs, increased tax revenue […]

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 […]


Reduce Global Emissions by Leveraging American Coal

Post date: April 11, 2018

The struggle to find new and innovative solutions to curb global greenhouse gas emissions has plagued the environmental community for years. Those whose first priority is to address climate change are constantly looking for outside-the-box ideas to address this issue. But what many don’t realize is that the answer isn’t that novel at all. In […]

BNSF Joins Lawsuit against Washington’s Illegal Block on Millennium

Post date: March 5, 2018

On Tuesday, BNSF Railway requested to join a federal lawsuit against Governor Jay Inslee and other state regulators over their arbitrary denial of key permits for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, according to The Daily News. BNSF seeks to join Lighthouse Resources Inc., Millennium’s parent company, in the lawsuit against Washington. The […]

U.S. Coal Poised to Supply Japanese Energy Portfolio- Washington will miss out on increased trade opportunities

Post date: January 19, 2018

This week, Cloud Peak Energy announced that it will begin to ship up to 1 million tons of coal annually to Japan by the end of 2019. The U.S. coal, which will travel through Washington to ship from Canadian ports, will fuel two new coal-fired power plants that were constructed as part of an initiative […]

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 […]

Press Releases

Whatcom Moratorium a Threat to State, Local Economy

Post date: February 28, 2018

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’

Post date: January 3, 2018

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

Post date: December 5, 2017

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

Post date: November 28, 2017

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 […]