There will be a public hearing at the Ferndale Events Center on Thursday, November 29, from 3 to 7 p.m., concerning the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) project, a proposed coal export facility at Cherry Point.
The plan calls for the construction of a port terminal to be located between BP’s Cherry Point Refinery and the Alcoa Intalco Works aluminum smelter. The project area would encompass 1,500 acres, with development on a quarter of that area.
The proposed terminal would include two materials handling and storage areas and a wharf and access trestle. At full operation, the terminal would have the capacity to export and import approximately 54 million metric tons per year of dry bulk commodities, according to the environmental impact statement (EIS).
The public hearing is part of the scoping process, and the public is invited to comment on the proposed project, suggest reasonable alternatives and address potentially affected resources and the kind of analysis that should be required for the project.
Based on the comments received during this scoping process, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington Department of Ecology and Whatcom County will jointly prepare an environmental impact statement that will help government agencies make an informed decision regarding the project.