County fines SSA Marine for unpermitted Cherry Point site work

Published on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Whatcom County Planning and Development Services (PDS) officials have fined SSA Marine $2,000 for doing tree-clearing and road-grading work at the proposed site of the Gateway Pacific Terminal south of Birch Bay without acquiring the proper permits. The notices of permit violation released by the county say the work damaged wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas at the site.

SSA Marine will also be charged $2,400 to pay for the cost of PDS staff processing the paperwork for the permit violations. SSA Marine, through its subcontractor AMEC Earth and Environmental, did have the county's permission to drill holes for earth sampling at the site, but not to remove trees or grate roads through the forests and wetlands that blanket the area.

Click here for the county's notice of SSA Marine's clearing violation.

Click here for the  county's notice of SSA Marine's critical areas ordinance violation.

Click here for a letter county planning supervisor Tyler Schroeder sent county executive Pete Kremen laying out a timeline of events surrounding this issue and a summary of the fines.

For my earlier coverage of this issue, click here and here.


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