Fri, Aug 5, 2011
Department of Ecology says SSA Marine violated state law
The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) released a press release today saying Seattle-based shipping terminal company SSA Marine violated state law when it cleared trees and graded dirt roads at the Cherry Point site south of Birch Bay.
Thu, Aug 4, 2011
City council will vote on $259,000 H Street construction change order
The Blaine City Council at its Monday, August 8, meeting will vote on whether to approve an approximately $259,000 change order to the city's contract with Colacurcio Brothers Construction for the ongoing improvements to H Street near the Cost Cutter shopping center.
Wed, Aug 3, 2011
County fines SSA Marine for unpermitted Cherry Point site work
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: "Mistakes were made and we will correct them"
SSA Marine, the Seattle-based company seeking to build the $600 million Gateway Pacific Terminal near the BP Cherry Point refinery, has admitted mistakes were made going ahead with tree-clearing and dirt-road grading at the Cherry Point site where the terminal is planned. This update, via press release this morning (August 3), comes after Whatcom County planning officials told SSA Marine to stop the work altogether.
Tue, Aug 2, 2011
Discussions break down over 1999 Cherry Point terminal settlement agreement
Quite a bit's gone down today and yesterday regarding the $600 million Gateway Pacific Terminal proposed for the Cherry Point area south of Birch Bay. First, it was Whatcom County council member Carl Weimer's discovery of cleared trees and grated dirt roads at the site proposed for the terminal; work, it turned out, that did not have county approval. Now it appears attempts at altering the 1999 settlement agreement reached with a variety of state and environmental groups to reflect the changes SSA Marine has made to the project since 1997 have fallen through.
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