Increase Economic Potential by Supporting Infrastructure Projects

Washington plays a unique role in the Northwest economy. The state’s deep-water and inland waterway ports and geographic location make Washington a natural gateway for U.S. consumer goods, agricultural products, and raw materials headed overseas as well as a wide array of imported parts, equipment, and resources critical to the American manufacturing sector. But these […]

Spokane City Council Sends Controversial Rail Measure to Ballot

Proposed ban on fossil fuels traveling through city is illegal, unconstitutional SPOKANE — Contrary to federal law and ignoring the advice of two different legal and policy advisers, the Spokane City Council moved forward with a controversial ballot measure banning the transport of coal and oil by rail through the city. By a vote of […]

In Focus: Vancouver Energy

Last week, you may have read the profile on Vancouver Energy from Mike Richards at Lens. The project, a joint effort by Tesoro and Savage, would create an oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver USA. Operation of the terminal would represent a major step toward increasing U.S. energy security, potentially replacing 30 percent of foreign crude oil used […]

ICYMI: Ecology Director Maia Bellon on Inside Olympia

Recently, TVW’s Austin Jenkins interviewed Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) Director Maia Bellon on the public affairs show, “Inside Olympia.” Included in the hour-long discussion: a focus on the agency’s final environmental impact statement for Millennium Bulk Terminals and the requirement to mitigate foreign emissions for exported coal. Jenkins raised concerns from industry and labor […]

Time is money: Permitting ‘shot clock’ now reality in Washington

When it comes to economic development, time really is money. That’s why having regulatory certainty – clear timeframes and regulatory milestones – is critical in the attraction and retention of investors and developers. So the good news out of Olympia recently was the signing of a bill to put in place the regulatory equivalent of […]

Labor Groups Back Vancouver Energy at Air Permit Hearing

Project draws support from trades unions seeking apprenticeship opportunities, jobs VANCOUVER — Hundreds of supporters packed a hearing room Wednesday in favor of Vancouver Energy and the family-wage jobs it would mean for the people of Southwest Washington.   The hearing, held at Clark College in Vancouver, drew trades union representatives and members who want […]

Vancouver Maritime Federation Event Focuses on Permitting

Maritime experts from Southwest Washington heard first-hand how Washington’s extensive permitting process is affecting infrastructure investments in our state. At a May 12 gathering of the Maritime Federation in Vancouver, representatives from two of the state’s largest private infrastructure projects, Vancouver Energy and Millennium Bulk Terminals, shared how regulatory delays are affecting their efforts to […]