FEBRUARY 25, 2016

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

NWIW calls for pause in methanol plant review

Steve Dunkelberger, February 25, 2016, Tacoma Weekly

The hotly debated environmental review of a planned $3.4 billion methanol plant slated for Tacoma’s tideflats has been put on hold. The developer asked the City of Tacoma to formally pause the environmental review process last week.

The surprise call for a pause came after Port of Tacoma Commissioners held a five-hour study session on the proposal, a meeting that drew more than 100 people to hear company president Murray V. Godley outline the project and field questions.

“We thought we had done a good job of outreach,” he said at the presentation. “We obviously have not.”

Read more here: http://www.tacomaweekly.com/news/article/nwiw-calls-for-pause-in-methanol-plant-review

 

 

LAND USE 

Port of Walla Walla ready to start land sales

Vicki Hillhouse, February 25, 2016, Walla Walla Union Bulletin

The Port of Walla Walla is poised to make its first commercial real estate sales at the agency’s Burbank Business Park.

The three Port commissioners will consider authorizing sales of lots to two different buyers, both of whom plan to construct convenience store/gas station combinations with other ancillary retail operations.

Read more here: http://www.union-bulletin.com/news/local_governments/port_of_walla_walla/port-of-walla-walla-ready-to-start-land-sales/article_80196ad4-db32-11e5-967b-73c18844b816.html

 

 

TRADE 

Global container port growth slowed to crawl in 2015

Bruce Barnard, February 24, 2016, JOC.com

Global container port traffic grew by just 1.1 percent in 2015, the second-lowest annual increase ever recorded.

The snail’s pace growth last year was only surpassed by the record low in 2009 when container volume declined by 8.4 percent in the wake of the global financial crisis, industry analyst Alphaliner said.

Read more here: http://www.joc.com/port-news/global-container-port-growth-slowed-crawl-2015_20160224.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily%25newswire&mgs1=2302mg4YU9

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