Meeting on Gateway Pacific coal terminal process draws 800 people

The Bellingham Herald, March 20, 2012
By John Stark

About 800 people packed the Bellingham High School theater Tuesday, March 20, to learn how they can make their voices heard during the lengthy environmental review process for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal coal and bulk cargo pier proposed for Cherry Point.

County, state and federal officials explained that the process of taking public input won’t begin in earnest until this summer. The first phase of that process is known as scoping, and it includes the critical question of what kinds of impacts should be analyzed in the environmental impact statement.Protesting proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal

The environmental study process will be conducted by a private consultant to be hired by Whatcom County, in consultation with the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. SSA Marine, the Seattle company that proposes to build the terminal, will pay the costs.

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