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City officials weigh in on proposal for coal shipping terminal

Train on track photo by Jacqueline Stambaugh

City officials continue to gather information and weigh in on the regulatory review process and economic and environmental impacts and benefits of a coal and commodities export facility, proposed to be located north of Bellingham at Cherry Point.

Although regulatory review is still underway, Mayor Dan Pike has expressed concerns on behalf of many community members that the construction and operation of the proposed terminal will bring significant adverse economic and environmental impacts to Bellingham and beyond. Pike and Bellingham City Council members have requested the scope of environmental review extend beyond the proposed terminal’s rural site in Whatcom County.  

Pike also has requested that Governor Christine Gregoire direct state agencies to assume lead agency status for environmental review of the proposal, rather than WhatcomCounty. He also requested the City of Bellingham be invited to participate on the review team headed by the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Assistance.  

Preliminary application materials for the proposed terminal describe a build-out export volume of approximately 50 million tons per year, using 9 additional coal trains per day, which translates into 18 trains round trip, each up to a mile-and-a-half long, traveling through Bellingham.  

Links below provide access to statements by City officials, project information submitted by SSA Marine to federal, state and local agencies, and more.  

More information  


Published: Jun 15, 2011

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