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Developers of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point have withdrawn its permit applications, essentially closing the book on the project.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


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 […]


Northwest rail lines provide routes for coal shipments to Asia

Northwest rail routes by Columbian newspaper

1. CHERRY POINT: The Gateway Pacific Terminal could accommodate 54 million import/export tons of bulk commodities per year, largely coal exports. Status: Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are preparing a joint environmental impact statement. Pros: Backers say it would […]


RE Sources sues SSA Marine for Clean Water Act violations at Cherry Point

A Bellingham-based environmental group that has been one of the largest opponents of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal has filed suit against the Seattle-based shipping terminal company seeking to build the project.

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities has filed a citizens’ lawsuit against Pacific International Terminals, a subsidiary of Seattle-based SSA Marine, for federal Clean […]