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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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]