Our League has been involved in the public process of planning for a multi-use terminal at Cherry Point since the 70's. A coal terminal does not meet our League's position on deep water port terminal usage. Our League actively advocates for a full and thorough EIS process.
For an overview and plain language document explaining the contracting phases, as well as the contract content, please click here.
This document is intended for informational purposes only. The SEPA Co-Lead Agencies will make SEPA-based decisions throughout the EIS process; these decisions may alter the course of the contracting phases provided herein and may alter contract content in the future. The scope of work included in the contract is available at this link.
The scope of work describes what and how aspects of the environment should be studied, including methodologies, schedules and costs. Our approach to methodologies matches where we are in the study phase + at the starting point. The guidance given to the consultant on how to study impacts may evolve based on information assembled along the way. More details and information about the contract are available on Ecology's website in a frequently asked questions document, which is available at this link.
Both contracts related to this project were signed on 2/27/2014. The Contract with CH2M Hill for preparation of the draft EIS is included at the following link,contract #201205028-Amendment 4. The contract between Whatcom County and Pacific International Terminals & BNSF for payment for all costs related to the completion of the draft EIS is included at the following link, contract # 201205029-amendment 4.
Demand cools as fight rages over coal-export terminals - Amid a debate over coal-export terminals at Cherry Point and Longview in Washington, a big drop in export prices is raising new questions about long-term demand. Seattle Times Article Sept 3,2013
The Coal Lobby's Fight for Survival - Once a Washington powerhouse, it now lies in disarray at the mercy of forces beyond its control. Can a group built for war sue the Obama administration for peace? - National Journal 6-27-13
Coal Dust? Is it a problem - read on and decide for yourself... Coal Dust at Roberts Bank, the Vancouver Sun 4/13/2012
Heavy Traffic Ahead: Rail Impacts of Powder River Basin Coal to Asia, for the first time, identifies costs, many of which will fall on taxpayers for infrastructure due to increased rail traffic - study commissioned by the Western Organization of Resource Councils
LWV of Bellingham/Whatcom County Position Paper on the Exporting of Coal ~ submitted to the League of Women Voters of the United States, June 2011
Public Statement to Whatcom County Planning Commission ~ made at meeting considering adoption of a new experimental Low Impact Development Program, December 8, 2011
Dr Frank James talks about the public health risks from coal On June 26, Dr. Frank James spoke at Ocean Park Community Hall as part of a community dialogue about coal.
The Environmental Review Process Public Meeting for the Proposed Cherry Point Terminal - March 20, 2012 ~ Thanks to Robert Clark of the Coalition for Community Television for videotaping the March 20, 2012 Proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal Pre-Scoping Meeting which was hosted by Whatcom County, Washington Department of Ecology and the Governor's Office of Regulatory Assistance. Presenters provided an overview of the Environmental Review Process and responded to questions from the audience.
Coalfilm.com Video Channel CoalFilm, LLC is creating a documentary about the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point in Washington state. Please visit their video channel to watch various excerpts from the documentary in process including an excellent overview of the EIS taken from an interview with Jean Melious, Professor of Environmental Studies at WWU, and a partner in a national law firm with 25 years experience in Environmental Impact Assessments. All content is produced by CoalFilm, LLC.