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Jobs debate heats up over pulled oil terminal permits

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Jobs debate heats up over pulled oil terminal permits

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

OLYMPIA, Wash. – An environmental group is applauding the state Shorelines Hearings Board’s decision to reject permits for two oil train terminals in Grays Harbor, while backers of a coal terminal in Whatcom County says the decision is an attack on new jobs for the state.

The Quinalt Indian Nation and several other environmental groups appealed the permits issued by the City of Hoquiam and the state Department of Ecology earlier this year.

EarthJustice attorney Kristin Boyles represented the tribe.

She says the city and Ecology did not do enough research on the environmental impacts of increased rail traffic.

Play Kristin Boyles on appeal

Backers of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal in Whatcom County say the decision to reject the already-issued permits signals a growing hostility by the state toward industrial development.

Gateway Pacific spokesperson Craig Cole says this kind of regulatory red tape is a “job-killer” in a state that depends heavily on exports.

Play Craig Cole on rejected permits

The Shorelines Hearings Board has yet to release its final opinion.

It’s expected to detail what issues the state and City of Hoquiam need to examine further.