SSA Marine has announced the filing of additional information about the Gateway Pacific Terminal project with Whatcom County.
The announcement hit my inbox a few minutes ago and there is no immediate indication of exactly what this new information consists of. But the material should be posted shortly here on the county website.
Here is the press release:
Seattle – SSA Marine today took another important step toward the full environmental review of the Gateway Pacific Terminal project by filing additional information about the project with Whatcom County planning officials.
The information responds to an earlier request by the County for more information on the multi-commodity export terminal proposed for the Cherry Point heavy industry zone.
“We have put a lot of time and effort into being as responsive and thorough as possible,” SSA Marine Senior Vice President Bob Watters said. “We realize the public has a high interest in our project. While today’s filing is an important step, we look forward to addressing all these issues in even greater depth as the public review of the project moves forward,” he said.
Gateway Pacific Terminal will be a highly efficient cargo-handling facility for American producers to export dry bulk commodities such as grain, coal, and potash to Asian markets. Construction of the full project is expected to employ about 4,400 people and operation at full capacity is expected to create about 1,250 long-term family wage jobs. In total, the annual economic impact of the project – payroll and tax revenues – would be $140 million a year, ongoing.
The company said it would post the new information to the Gateway project website, www.gatewaypacificterminal.com, once Whatcom County posts the materials on the County website.
End of press release
The Gateway Pacific project has also drawn a storm of opposition, partly because it would get coal and other cargoes via trains that would move through Bellingham.
A citizens’ group, CommunityWise Bellingham, recently released a study indicating that the terminal could be a net negative if it undermines the tourism industry or interferes with efforts to redevelop the Bellingham waterfront. But that report offered little guidance as to the likelihood of those negative outcomes.