JANUARY 11, 2016

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

Cheap oil prices put environmental cleanup projects on hold

By Samantha Wohlfeil, January 10, 2016, Bellingham Herald

Several major cleanup projects in Whatcom County have been put on hold as low oil prices have severely undercut state cleanup grant accounts.

Nearly $14 million allocated to $28 million worth of cleanup projects in Bellingham and Blaine in the state’s current biennial budget are in the lurch until lawmakers, scheduled to start their session Monday, Jan. 11, decide to shift money around or approve another way to fund those projects.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/state/washington/article54011195.html#storylink=cpy

 

Judge orders insurers to pay port $2.5 million in attorney fees

By Marissa Luck, January 7, 2015, The Daily News

A Cowlitz County judge has ordered a group of insurers to pay the Port of Longview $2.53 million in attorney fees in an ongoing lawsuit related to decades-old soil contamination.

Signed in late December, the order is the latest development in a complex case in which the port has sued more than 40 insurance companies tied to Lloyd’s of London, the British insurance market exchange.

Read more here: http://tdn.com/news/local/judge-orders-insurers-to-pay-port-million-in-attorney-fees/article_b486d212-0aa1-5228-b9c2-c6da89e805e9.html

 

 

TRADE 

Ports: Value Proposition

By Tim Sheahan, January 8, 2015, The Maritime Executive

Breakbulk ports specialize in offering high-value services for high-value cargoes.

Ports offering breakbulk and project cargo services are fighting back. Volumes are up. Values are increasing, and successful diversification is cementing their position as a purveyor of essential services that are a key component of the U.S. and global supply chains.

Read more here: http://www.maritime-executive.com/magazine/ports

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