KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – Supporters of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal are pleased that the Army Corps of Engineers will not be studying the global impacts of exporting coal when they review the terminal.
Craig Cole, spokesperson for the terminal, claims the request for a broader examination was opponents’ way of trying to shut down the project.
Supporters of the proposed terminal say the three coal shipping terminals planned in the Northwest could create nearly 12,000 jobs and over $800 million in wages.
A corps official told Congress on Tuesday that some of the things opponents want studied, such as rail traffic, are outside of their control.
If the corps had decided to require the extra scrutiny, it would have set a precedent that could have been used to block nearly all U.S. exports.