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Rail Transports is One of Idaho’s Hidden Gems

Post date: August 6, 2019

Bonner County Bee | July 30, 2019 Did you know that we have yet another hidden treasure in the Gem State? And, it’s not what you’re thinking. It is the ability to transfer goods with efficiency, speed, and in an environmentally friendly way. Amazingly, a train can move 500 miles of freight on just one […]

Rail project is key to our future

Post date: June 24, 2019

The Lens | March 13, 2019 In the months ahead, the United States Coast Guard will make a decision regarding the future of the Sandpoint Junction Connector Project, which seeks to build a new railroad bridge across Lake Pend Oreille. They’ll consider public input, review the potential benefits and impacts, and deliver an exhaustive and thorough […]

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 […]


What We Are Watching: Space Economy Lawsuit Continues in Washington

Post date: April 20, 2021

It is a complex situation, but one that is definitely on our radar… and should be on yours. The Circumstances: Last year, the U.S. District Court in Washington enforced a ruling from an International Chamber of Commerce tribunal that awarded more than $1 billion to an India- based start-up company called Devas Multimedia. The ruling […]

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 […]

Increase Economic Potential by Supporting Infrastructure Projects

Post date: August 4, 2017

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 […]

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Ecology Denies Millennium Permit on Questionable Grounds

Post date: September 26, 2017

State denies key permit based on non-water quality issues OLYMPIA — Washington business, trade and labor leaders denounced today’s Millennium Bulk Terminals water quality permit denial by the Department of Ecology, saying the decision, based more on the rail and traffic concerns than on impact to water quality, made a mockery of the state’s regulatory review […]

Building Trades Unions Reaffirm Support for Vancouver Energy Terminal

Post date: September 13, 2017

Project praised for apprenticeship opportunities, family-wage jobs VANCOUVER — Support for the Vancouver Energy terminal at the Port of Vancouver remains stronger than ever among members and leadership of the building trades unions, who voiced their backing during the port’s third lease hearing Tuesday. “This project has the backing of a broad cross-section of my […]

Stormwater Permit Hearing Draws Backers for Vancouver Energy

Post date: August 23, 2017

Supporters reinforce importance of jobs, workforce training at final public hearing VANCOUVER — Supporters of the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver USA remained as adamant as ever Tuesday about the project and the need for jobs, infrastructure and energy security. Representatives from labor, business and trade groups all weighed in […]

Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council Approves Resolution in Support of Vancouver Energy Terminal

Post date: August 14, 2017

Project hailed as ‘a bridge to Washington’s energy future’ TACOMA — Citing the need for more family-wage jobs in Southwest Washington, members of the state’s largest private union for building and construction trade workers passed a resolution in support of the Vancouver Energy terminal at the Port of Vancouver USA. The resolution was approved Aug. […]