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.

Mon, Aug 1, 2011 


County had stopped Cherry Point site work last week

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.

County council member Weimer questions work done at Cherry Point Terminal site; SSA Marine reacts

A few weeks ago, Whatcom County Council member Carl Weimer discovered trees had been cleared for dirt roads in the Cherry Point area. He asked county Planning and Development Services (PDS) if they knew anything about these roads and if SSA Marine, the company proposing the multi-million-dollar Gateway Pacific Terminal for the site, had anything to do with it.

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