SSA Marine prepares to launch door-to-door outreach campaign

Published on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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The Seattle-based shipping terminal company proposing the $600 million terminal project for the Cherry Point area is preparing to launch a campaign to reach out to county residents house by house.

SSA Marine sent out an email yesterday announcing to anyone signed up for the Gateway Pacific Terminal email list that they are looking to hire “local team members” to go door-to-door to residences in Whatcom County providing information on the terminal project. The project, slated for the Cherry Point area south of Birch Bay, is proposed to handle millions of tons of dry-bulk commodities, such as coal and grain, bound for Asian markets.

SSA Marine has faced harsh criticism recently from both public and private organizations for performing surveying work that cleared trees and damaged wetlands at the Cherry Point site without the necessary permits. Most recently, Bellingham-based environmental group RE Sources for Sustainable Communities filed an intent to sue SSA Marine for alleged violations of clean water regulations.

I’ve left a voicemail with representatives form SSA Marine asking for additional comment on the outreach campaign. I’ll update this post when I know anything more.

Click here for my most recent story on the terminal project.


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