Laura Ruderman, 1st Congressional District candidate, has emailed a statement clarifying her position on SSA Marine’s Gateway Pacific Terminal coal shipping pier proposed for Cherry Point.
“Let me be very clear that I do not support a coal port. What I have stated support for is moving forward with the 2-4 year environmental review of the building of a multi-use port at Cherry Point. This has been in the comp plan for the county for more than 25 years.
“The whole point of this review is to determine the effect of a port on the environment around Cherry Point. I know that these reviews work. My mother and stepfather live on the Maury Island portion of Vashon. They were very involved with fighting the proposed gravel mine there. Ultimately, by working through the established process, they were able to prove that the gravel mine could not pass the requisite environmental tests.
“Like you, I am opposed to coal being the major export. If the project can pass muster and be built, we are talking about at least 5-6 years before anything is shipped. The commodities markets are fickle, and I am hopeful that as we move through this process, we can find a different commodity to be the major export.
“Should I be elected, I will work hard to make sure that the environmental process is fair and that we find something other than coal to be the major export.”
Ruderman sent the statement in response to this post yesterday.