Harbor dredging project underway
Bob Kirkpatrick, October 4, 2016, The Daily World
The long-awaited dredging project to deepen the federal navigation channel and improve efficiency and reliability of navigation to and from Grays Harbor got under way Monday morning as crews began unloading equipment and setting up shop.
American Construction Company, based out of Tacoma, has the $27 million contract to remove approximately 3.5 million cubic yards of material and maintain the channel in the inner harbor, said Patricia Cook Graesser of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Office. The contractor will field day and night crews of six to eight people each around the clock on 12-hour shifts until the work is finished.
The project will deepen the channel from minus-36 feet to minus-38 feet MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water), which is the average height of the lowest tide recorded each day. The work is expected to be completed by late September of 2018.
Feds favorable to coal shipments out of Longview port
Associated Press, October 3, 2016, HeraldNet
A proposal to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming out of a port in Washington has received a favorable review from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Corps on Friday released a draft environmental impact statement for the Millennium Bulk Terminal port in Longview, the Billings Gazettereported. The document raised concerns about train noise and rail traffic causing problems for nearby low-income neighborhoods, but it said the effects on Native American fishing areas and the proliferation of coal dust were less significant.
Coal companies say they are optimistic after reading the environmental impact statement. The coal industry has been facing tougher pollution standards and competition from the cheaper natural gas, but companies say the coal market is cyclical and will rebound.
Proposed coal port in Longview gets a favorable review from feds
Melissa Santos, October 3, 2016, The Bellingham Herald
Four months after it rejected a permit for a coal export terminal at Cherry Point, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave a more favorable review to a similar proposal in Longview, Washington.
The Corps released a draft environmental impact statement for the Millennium Bulk Terminal port in Longview on Friday, Sept. 30. The project would ship coal from Montana and Wyoming out of a port on the Columbia River.
In May, the Corps rejected a permit request by a different company, SSA Marine, that wanted to build an even larger bulk export terminal at Cherry Point that would be the largest coal export terminal in North America. Federal officials argued that the Whatcom County project known as the Gateway Pacific Terminal would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights of Lummi Nation, based on the fact that the proposed trestle and associated wharf would take up 122 acres over water.
Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article105752826.html
Port commissioners approve marijuana operation at Satsop Business Park
October 5, 2016, The Daily World
The Port of Grays Harbor, after initially being cool to the potential of the cannabis business, has leased a 50,000 square foot warehouse at the Satsop Business Park for an indoor marijuana growing facility.
Commissioners on Tuesday approved a five-year lease, with options for another 45 years, to a company called Fuller Hill Development Co. LLC, a subsidiary of Global Real Estate Properties LLC, reportedly part of the business enterprise that is the largest recreational marijuana grower in the state.
The facility is expected to provide 70 full time jobs and the company plans an estimated $6.5 million in improvements to the facility, the Port said.
Officials meet in Ridgefield to discuss possibilities along Interstate 5
Rick Bannan, October 5, 2016, The Reflector
More than a dozen private and public officials, along with dozens of audience members, congregated at one of the Clark County Fairgrounds exhibition halls Sept. 27 for a roundtable discussion regarding the Discovery Corridor development, voicing their own visions and concerns for creating commerce along Interstate 5.
Two panels, one focused on schools and infrastructure and another focused on community and business, addressed the audience on where their organizations play into the Discovery Corridor, land along Interstate 5 roughly bounded by exits 16 and 7.
Stakeholders included officials from Citizens for Ridgefield Schools, WSDOT, WSU Vancouver, Clark College, the Port of Ridgefield, the cities of La Center, Ridgefield and Vancouver, the Clark Regional Wastewater District and CTRAN for the first panel, and Fort Vancouver Regional Library, the Neighborhood Association Council of Clark County, the Clark County Sheriff’s and Public Works departments, Clark County Fire and Rescue, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce.
Grays Harbor company hopes new pot growing warehouse will bring ‘economic high’
Mark Miller, October 5, 2016, KOMO News
A Grays Harbor County community, starved for jobs, is opening some of its publicly-owned space to a pot grower.
The struggle for economic survival is now changing attitudes toward the cannabis industry.
A big warehouse near Elma, that has struggled economically for a long time, will soon be filled with pot plants, which means more jobs.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had something like that with new jobs coming in,” said Port of Grays Harbor Business Development Manager Alissa Shay.
The end of the scenic Ione-to-Metaline Falls train ride will impact the whole North Pend Oreille Valley
October 4, 2016, The Spokesman-Review
The train lumbers through forests, skirting a highway, crossing over and then running alongside the Pend Oreille River. Using a microphone, a woman recounts the history of the area, the cadence of her speech matching the pace of travel.
On the left, an abandoned cement factory. To the right, the remains of a town. Over there is where logs used to float down the river. The train stops, suspended above the Box Canyon Dam, and the passengers peer at the sparkling water below.
“This type of stuff is always sad, you have a big boom and then it’s all gone,” Debra Shepherd said of both the train and the local history.
Port of Longview puts wind turbine blades onto railcars
Chris Gillis, October 6, 2016, American Shipper
The Port of Longview in Washington state has become the first port in the United States move wind turbine blades directly from a ship to on-dock railcars, the port said.
To do this, the port used its two Liehberr mobile harbor cranes in tandem to discharge the 160-foot-long blades from the ship and onto the waiting railcars. Due to their lengths, each blade required two railcars.
Wind turbine blades are generally moved by trucks from quayside and taken to offsite staging areas where they will be later trucked to wind farm sites or transported by railcar to another staging area farther away.
Port of Longview performs ship-to-rail transfer of wind blades
October 7, 2016, Progressive Railroading
The Port of Longview, Wash., has discharged wind energy blades directly from ship to train, the port announced earlier this week.
The port is the first in the United States to do so, port officials said in a press release.
The 160-foot blades were moved to flat-bed rail cars next to the vessel with the port’s two Liehberr mobile harbor cranes. Each blade required two rail cars.