County had stopped Cherry Point site work last week

Published on Mon, Aug 1, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Whatcom County natural resources supervisor Wayne Fitch had told the engineering consulting firm doing work at the Cherry Point site to stop on July 22, according to an email exchange just posted to the county planning and development services website (PDS). The firm, AMEC Earth & Environmental out of Abbotsford, B.C., is contracted with SSA Marine to drill monitoring wells and perform earth core sampling at the site. This work is in preparation for the environmental impact statement SSA Marine must present to the county in order for the $600-million Gateway Pacific Terminal to be built.

Fitch said the work that has been done so far, initially brought to PDS's attention by county council member Carl Weimer, goes beyond the work described in the permits SSA Marine acquired in 2008. Fitch said the removal of trees and major disturbance of soil requires more extensive permits than SSA Marine initially requested and received. In his July 22 email, Fitch told Cliff Strong, a planner with AMEC, to stop the work until the proper permits had been obtained.

Click here for a PDF of the email exchange, which includes photos of the tossed trees and graded dirt roads at the Cherry Point site.


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