Matthew Rose, president and CEO of BNSF Railway Co., has written to Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire to argue that increased rail shipments of coal to Gateway Pacific Terminal and other proposed shipping facilities will not disrupt other freight or passenger service on the railroad.
Craig Cole, local spokesman for SSA Marine, provided this copy of the letter to Gregoire. SSA Marine is the Seattle-based international shipping company that has proposed the Gateway Pacific pier at a Whatcom County deep-water shipping site south of the BP Cherry Point refinery. The later is dated May 14, 2012.
The Gateway Pacific proposal, along with other proposed coal shipping facilities in the Northwest, has triggered a firestorm of opposition based on concerns about rail traffic through communities, diesel exhaust, coal dust, climate change, and more.
“Unfortunately, much of the public discussion is misleading and incorrect,” Rose’s letter says.