The three agencies heading this process and links to their websites are listed below.
Coalfilm.com Video Channel
CoalFilm, LLC is creating a documentary about the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point in Washington state. Please visit their video channel to watch various excerpts from the documentary in process including an excellent overview of the EIS taken from an interview with Jean Melious, Professor of Environmental Studies at WWU, and a partner in a national law firm with 25 years experience in Environmental Impact Assessments. All content is produced by CoalFilm, LLC.
LWV of Bellingham/Whatcom County Position Paper on the Exporting of Coal
~ submitted to the League of Women Voters of the United States, June 2011
The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County respectfully suggests that certain protocols be considered in providing information for the public process for the Gateway Pacific Terminal. As suggested by County Executive Jack Louws, we sent these protocols in writing to the regulatory agencies involved on April 10, 2012.
Based on the high level of anxiety expressed at the pre-scoping meeting about the ability of the public to get information about the project, access to the web sites and clear parameters on the information should be a first priority.
It is the League's position that a well thought out public process will be beneficial in that it allows the public to focus on the project itself, not on the process.
In light of budget constraints and the fact that a project this size would overwhelm any local planning department, it is the League's positiion that the cost of making the details of this project public, should be borne by the applicant.
EIS Protocols recommended by the LWV of Bellingham/Whatcom County for the proposed GPT project
The Environmental Review Process Public Meeting for the Proposed Cherry Point Terminal - March 20, 2012
~ Thanks to Robert Clark of the Coalition for Community Television for videotaping the March 20, 2012 Proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal Pre-Scoping Meeting which was hosted by Whatcom County, Washington Department of Ecology and the Governor's Office of Regulatory Assistance. Presenters provided an overview of the Environmental Review Process and responded to questions from the audience.
Coal Train Facts
Great informational website giving information on both sides of the coal export pier debate.
Cherry Point Timeline
For details regarding Cherry Point from 1954 until 2010.