Whatcom County Council member Carl Weimer has asked the county’s Planning and Development Services director, Sam Ryan, to clarify what’s going on at SSA’ Marine’s Gateway Pacific Terminal property at Cherry Point.
Weimer sent Ryan a letter full of pointed questions, which he has shared on his blog.
SSA Marine is in the early stages of a lengthy public process involved in getting a fistful of local, state and federal permits for construction of a massive new shipping facility to handle trainloads of coal and other bulk cargoes.
Late last week, Weimer called attention to what he estimates to be about 2.5 miles of roads graded through forested areas that he says are at least partly on wetlands. Weimer discovered the work while walking his dog in the area. Now he wants to know if this work was fully compliant with county development regulations, Department of Natural Resources forest-clearing regulations, and federal wetlands rules.
If it wasn’t, what happens next?
I have a call in to Planning this morning — Monday, Aug. 1. Ryan apparently is out of the office until Wednesday, but I’m hoping to hear from someone else in that office today. I have also emailed Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen, and I also hope to hear from SSA Marine spokespersons. Stay tuned.