Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point - a proposed Coal Export Terminal
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.
The Scoping process for the EIS for the proposed Millenium Terminal in Longview, WA is now taking place. The proposal is for export of 44 million metric tons of coal annually. To weigh in on this project please click here
- * The Washington State Department of Ecology has issued a News release on behalf of the co-lead agencies in regards to the set scope of environmental impact statement for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal Project. 8/1/2013
Lummi Nation on GPT
- * Kwel hoy': We Draw the Line - The burial grounds and treaty rights of the Lummi Nation are threatened by a proposal to build North America's largest coal terminal on their sacred landscape at Cherry Point (Xwe'chi'eXen.) If built, coal would be dumped on a historic burial site and would pollute the nearby fishing grounds. The Lummi community needs your help to stop this! This video tells the story.
- * The Lummi Nation has unconditional and unequivocal opposition to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal -Letter sent to Army Corps of Engineers dated July 30, 2013
Agencies involved in the EIS and permitting processes
The three agencies heading this process and links to their websites are listed below.
More Carbon than Keystone: Peabody Energy and Warren Buffett Ship Coal to China November 1, 2013 by Lou Dubose
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
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
In Our View/The coal-train reaction A terminal's full impact Heraldnet.com Everett, WA
Gateway Pacific coal terminal to get sweeping review; opponents cheer decision, The Bellingham Herald 8/1/13
Lummi Nation's stance could stop proposed coal terminal, The Bellingham Herald 8/1/13
SSA Marine pays $1.65 million to settle lawsuit over land clearing, The Bellingham Herald 8/1/13
Coal trains raise concerns in congested cities - Seattle Times 6-29-13
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
ARMY CORPS IGNORES MONTANA COAL EXPORT CONCERNS - press release from Northern Plains Resource Council 6-18-13
BNSF Railways, Coal Shippers Sued in Federal Court for Water Contamination Violations
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
Press Releases & Public Statements by the League
Whatcom County Opinions, The Bellingham Herald, June 24,2013, by Jill Bernstein and Annette Holcomb
Letter to Governor Inslee by League Co-presidents, Jill Bernstein & Annette Holcomb
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
Civility Pledge for Coal Issue Discussions
5-16-12 - Comments to Whatcom County regarding the GPT Application
EIS Protocols recommended by the LWV of Bellingham/Whatcom County for the proposed GPT project
Letter to the Editor, March 18, 2012
Public Statement to Whatcom County Planning Commission ~ made at meeting considering adoption of a new experimental Low Impact Development Program, December 8, 2011
Press Release: No New Agreement on Proposed Cherry Point Terminal
Statement on Cherry Point from the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County at a public meeting held by the Sierra Club
Pacific Northwest Weighs Environmental Risks of Cashing in on Coal Export Market, August 2, 2013
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.
Coal Train Facts
Coal Train Facts
Great informational website giving information on both sides of the coal export pier debate.
Timeline of Activities at Cherry Point
Cherry Point Timeline
For details regarding Cherry Point from 1954 until 2010.