AUGUST 3, 2015


Kalama gas pipeline project making headway

Marissa Luck, July 31, 2015, The Daily News

Williams Northwest Pipeline is a step closer to obtaining a certificate it needs to build a three-mile natural gas pipeline in Cowlitz County. The pipeline would feed into NW Innovation Works’ proposed $1.8 billion methanol plant at the Port of Kalama.

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Here’s what you should know as final vote nears on Seattle-Tacoma seaport alliance

Coral Garnick, August 1, 2015, Seattle Times

Peace has broken out between the ports of Tacoma and Seattle, and their commissioners are expected to vote one last time Tuesday to finalize their plan to stay competitive by joining forces.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which is intended to consolidate the marine-cargo divisions of the two historically rival ports, was announced in October after months of secret meetings — and about 30 years after the idea was first floated.

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Judge says Port of Seattle free to host Shell rigs

Coral Garnick, August 1, 2015, Seattle Times

The much-disputed lease of Port of Seattle property as a base for Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet was affirmed Friday by a King County Superior Court judge who ruled that the Port didn’t need to conduct an environmental review to use Terminal 5 for that purpose.

The decision, a victory for the Port and Foss Maritime, comes just two weeks before a hearing examiner will consider a similar challenge to the lease by the city of Seattle.

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Shell’s fate at Terminal 5 determined as early as this week

Sarah Aitchison, August 3, 2015, Puget Sound Business Journal

A judge could rule U.S. Shell Oil cannot return to Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle as early as this week.

The case, brought forward against the Port of Seattle by five environmental groups, is the first of two legal hearings that may result in Shell being forced to vacate the terminal and the judge could rule as early as Friday.

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