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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 […]

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 […]


Local Leaders Continue to Decry Politicized Regulatory Process

Post date: June 18, 2018

State Senator Dean Takko (D-Longview) recently authored an op-ed in The Daily News  condemning the latest instance of the Washington Department of Ecology prioritizing its politics at the expense of facts. At issue is a recent decision prohibiting the state’s oyster growers from spraying a pesticide to kill burrowing shrimp that threaten the oyster stocks […]

Washington AGs Agree on Millennium

Post date: June 5, 2018

Former Washington Attorney General Ken Eikenberry recently wrote an op-ed in the Everett Herald criticizing state leadership for broadly overstepping the bounds of their authority in regards to the unconstitutional use of a “regulatory wall” to block the Millennium Bulk Terminals export project. Eikenberry is not the state’s only former top law enforcement official to […]

Washington’s Trade Economy Needs Infrastructure Development

Post date: May 17, 2018

With its robust industries and coastal geography, Washington state continues to be a national leader in trade. A recent op-ed in the Seattle Times by Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, reminds us just how powerful of an economic driver international trade is for the state. In the United […]

Support for Millennium in its Lawsuit Gains Momentum

Post date: May 14, 2018

An increasing number of states, unions, trade associations, and businesses continue to join the lawsuit against the Inslee administration over its political pushback on Millennium Bulk Terminals. The most recent action comes from a joint amicus brief filed in U.S. Federal Court by the states of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Kansas, and Nebraska. The […]

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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 […]

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 […]