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Developers withdraw coal terminal applications, ending Gateway Pacific project at Cherry Point

From the Bellingham Herald:

Developers of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point have withdrawn its permit applications, essentially closing the book on the project.

Pacific International Terminals sent a letter Tuesday to Whatcom County officials announcing it was stopping the environmental impact statement process and is withdrawing its applications for the Gateway Pacific […]


Permit denied for Gateway Pacific coal terminal in Washington State

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday denied the permit for the Gateway Pacific terminal in Washington state. Domestic coal markets continue to falter, coal companies operating here are going bankrupt, and Gateway Pacific was the single largest hope coal producers in the basin had for selling coal overseas.

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Gateway Pacific Terminal fate awaits federal ruling

The sponsor of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal is suspending work on an environmental review while it awaits a federal ruling on whether the exporting would interfere with Lummi Nation fishing rights.

SSA Marine said it was halting the required environmental review until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes a decision on the treaty […]


Washington coal export project in jeopardy

Montana congressmen are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to disregard a request from the Lummi Tribe to abandon an environmental review of the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal at Cherry Point in Bellingham, Washington.

The Lummi fish next to Cherry Point and argue the terminal would violate their treaty fishing rights.



Lummi Chairman: We will fight coal terminal ‘by all means necessary’

From the Indian Country Today Media Network:

As an indigenous nation with a government-to government relationship with the United States, the Lummi Nation’s opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal carries some weight. And supporters are stepping up their efforts on behalf of the project as the Army Corps of Engineers readies its decision on whether […]


Crow Tribe signs partnership in Washington coal port development

The Crow Tribe has struck a partnership with SSA Marine to develop a Puget Sound coal terminal in Washington state considered crucial to exporting Indian coal.

Cloud Peak Energy, which owns the Spring Creek Mine a few miles from Crow Reservation, is a 49 percent shareholder in the Gateway Pacific Terminal. The mining company is […]


SSA Marine: We need more time to respond to Lummi concerns about coal terminal

A coal train heads north through the site of the former Georgia-Pacific mill on the Bellingham waterfront. File photo from the Bellingham Herald.

The company that would build a coal terminal at Cherry Point told a federal agency it needs more time to respond to a tribe’s request to shut down the project.

Seattle-based SSA […]


Pro-coal Montana tribe weighs in on Cherry Point terminal

Lummi Nation, which has fished the waters off Cherry Point for centuries, and Crow Nation, a tribe in Montana sitting on billions of tons of coal, have taken opposite stances on a proposed coal terminal on the Lummis’ historic fishing grounds.

Crow Chairman Darrin Old Coyote wrote the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Jan. […]


Cherry Point standoff continues

The Lummi Nation is in a stand-off with SSA Marine over the plans to build a coal terminal at Cherry Point, adjacent to Lummi’s fishing grounds.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undergoing multiple evaluation processes to determine if a permit should be granted to begin construction of the Gateway Pacific Terminal.

After the […]


Coal exports from Bellingham could ramp up rapidly

Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands.

Simultaneously, SSA Marine, the Seattle international terminal operator, said it will speed up plans to operate Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) north of Bellingham at full capacity. The capacity planning, along with […]


SSA Marine: Change in part-ownership won’t affect coal port plan

Bob Watters, SSA Marine senior vice president, says the recent change in the company’s ownership structure won’t affect SSA’s plan to push ahead with the Gateway Pacific Terminal coal export project at Whatcom County’s Cherry Point.

Watters was elaborating on this Jan. 7 press release, which announces that a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs has sold […]


Politics, environmental worries threaten new coal ports in the Northwest

Growing environmental objections to exporting coal from Washington state and Oregon have begun to endanger the coal industry’s hope to restore its flagging fortunes by shipping much more of the embattled fossil fuel to China and India.

Port officials recently dropped plans for a terminal in Coos Bay, Ore., just days after the governors of […]


Kinder Morgan drops plans to build coal export terminal at Port of St. Helens

From the Oregonian:

Terminal developer Kinder Morgan will not go forward with a proposal to export coal to Asia from the Port Westward industrial park on the Columbia River, a company spokesman said this morning.

Kinder Morgan’s Allen Fore attributed the decision not to seek permits for a coal export terminal to site logistics at […]


Gateway Pacific Terminal agencies review 125,000 public comments to determine scoping requirements

A 140-page report summarizing the nearly 125,000 public comments concerning the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) at Cherry Point was released April 1, and is available online at eisgatewaypacificwa.gov.

Over a 120-day commenting period, an average of more than 1,000 comments were submitted per day. In […]


Official comment period begins Sept. 24 on Cherry Point coal terminal project

For those who want to weigh in on the Gateway Pacific Terminal project, the official comment period for a key point in the process start[ed] Monday, Sept. 24.

Three governmental agencies – Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – will jointly produce the EIS. To do that, […]