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Politics Fueling Washington State Coal Export Embargo

Post date: July 27, 2018

Real Clear Energy | Demetrios Karoutsos | July 27, 2018 In his first press conference as Washington governor, Jay Inslee tipped his hand about his negative views on coal. Thus, it probably did not take many by surprise when his administration blocked a project to export coal mined in Montana and Wyoming from a Washington […]

American Farm Bureau takes on Washington over coal port

Post date: May 9, 2018

Capital Press | Don Jenkins | May 8, 2018 The American Farm Bureau Federation has accused Washington of hijacking national trade and foreign policies by refusing to let Powder River Basin coal pass through the state on its way to Asia. The Farm Bureau, joined by other industry organizations, made the claim in a brief […]

Trade groups back suit against Wash. for denying port

Post date: May 4, 2018

E&E News | Dylan Brown | May 3, 2018 Four of the nation’s top industry trade groups today urged a federal court to lift Washington state’s blockade of a proposed coal export terminal. The National Mining Association, National Association of Manufacturers, American Farm Bureau Federation and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a “friend of […]

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 […]


Private West Coast investment blocked, Trump eyes military bases for coal, gas exports

Post date: October 16, 2018

With private export terminal projects blocked from Washington to California, President Trump is turning his attention to U.S. military bases as a means to export energy resources abroad. This week, the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties to ship U.S. coal and natural […]

Myth Buster: The Truth About Freight Rail in Washington State

Post date: October 9, 2018

do a little fact checking – and myth busting — on the state of Washington and its continued denouncement of freight rail. As the backbone of our state’s trade-dependent economy, you would think freight rail would be touted as the vital service it really is. Locomotives are four times as efficient as semi-trucks. Just ONE […]

Join Us! Seattle Community Rail Briefing Luncheon

Post date: September 20, 2018

Seattle Community Rail Briefing Luncheon  Rail and infrastructure are vital for the continued growth of commerce and trade within the Puget Sound region. Washington is the MOST trade-related state in the country. Please join us for lunch. We’ll hear from BSNF Railways and other leaders about the critical investments that are being made throughout this […]

Labor leader: Caution warranted on I-1631 carbon tax

Post date: July 24, 2018

Voters must weigh initiative energy price increases with jobs, environment It’s back. Washington voters will face a second carbon tax initiative this fall. And they should think carefully about the long-term implications of the measure on jobs and the economy, according to Mark Riker, executive director of the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council […]

Press Releases

Rail More Vital Than Ever in Washington Trade Efforts

Post date: October 10, 2018

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

Post date: July 19, 2018

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

Post date: May 10, 2018

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

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 […]