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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 […]

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Inslee sounds alarm bell on exports while opposing export terminal

Post date: July 13, 2018

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was rightfully sounding the alarm over the impact of President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs Thursday in a televised interview on CNBC.  For a trade exposed state like ours, the potential for additional tariffs is a reason for concern. But what was interesting was that in the same interview, Inslee also attempted to tout the state’s […]

Cowlitz County Commissioner Argues for Equal Treatment Under the Law

Post date: July 2, 2018

Cowlitz County Commissioner Argues for Equal Treatment Under the Law Last week, Cowlitz County Commissioner Dennis Weber authored a piece in The Daily News championing fair play – the idea that all are treated equally under the law. Weber’s call for this basic constitutional principle comes as Washington “abuses its environmental protection authority to attempt […]

Montana AG Rebukes Washington Regulatory Abuse

Post date: June 25, 2018

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox authored an op-ed in The New York Times last week excoriating the Inslee administration for its ongoing abuse of the regulatory process toward infrastructure projects in order “to pursue a predetermined, personal agenda.” Fox argues that Inslee’s “yearslong public campaign” against fossil fuels is “bad news not only for international […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]