Port pitches parking plea to Sen. Murray
Laura Guido, September 30, 2017, South Whidbey Record
Port of South Whidbey commissioners asked representatives of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray this week to consider assisting in the effort to improve parking at the Mukilteo ferry.
During the council of governments meeting Wednesday, port Commissioner Curt Gordon updated a group of officials from local, state and federal governments on the situation with the ferry terminal.
“I just need this to be on your radar,” Gordon said to Ann Seabott and Shawn Bills, Murray’s representatives.
Point Hudson development options unveiled
Cydney McFarland, October 1, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
What should be done to develop Point Hudson?
That was the question asked of community members at a Wednesday meeting as Port of Port Townsend officials presented development options to make the marina financially sustainable.
More than 30 people attended the meeting where representatives from Maul Foster &Alongi (MFA) environmental engineering and consulting talked about options.
Port’s cleanup plan garners support
Marissa Luck, September 29, 2017, The Daily News
With potentially millions of dollars in port revenue and dozens of jobs at stake, about 30 people showed up Thursday night to support the Port of Longview’s plan to clean up the former International Paper Co. wood treatment site.
The state Department of Ecology is considering how best to clean up the former mill site, which has contaminated groundwater plus about 6,470 cubic yards of soil laced with diesel, polycoyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and pentachlorophenol.
Though IP sold the property to the port years ago, it remains responsible for cleanup. But IP and the Port disagree about the best cleanup approach. Ecology will ultimately select which cleanup plan will be implemented. The port is worried that IP’s proposal could hinder future economic development by not cleaning up thoroughly enough and by leaving a large mound in the otherwise flat piece of ground
Community leaders grapple with Millennium coal terminal decision
Marissa Luck, September 30, 2017, The Daily News
“We Can Do Better.” The oft-repeated phrase has invoked passion and vitriol on both sides of the coal debate since Millennium Bulk Terminals first proposed its mega-terminal more than five years ago. But as the $680 million project now stands in peril, facing serious hurdles from two state agencies, the phrase begs the question: Can we do better? And if so, how?
Ecology’s decision last week to deny a water quality certification for Millennium was a lightning rod throughout the community. Dejected coal supporters worry about what message this could send to other industries interested in locating in Washington. How will Cowlitz County will claw its way out of the economic doldrums?