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Montana Lawmakers Appeal to Washington State for Common Ground on Energy and Trade

January 22, 2016

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of Montana lawmakers appealed to their colleagues in the Washington state Legislature this week, urging careful consideration of energy legislation that stands to have significant impacts on the economies of the West. The two Montana Democrats and two Republicans testified Wednesday before the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee on Senate Bill […]

Support For Fuel Terminals is Support For State’s Workers

September 28, 2015

The News Tribune, Rick Hicks and Lee Newgent, September 26, 2015 The governor, the executives of King and Pierce County, the Seattle City Council, some members of the Tacoma City Council and others – including some of our union brothers and sisters – should seriously rethink their opposition to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal in […]

Washington Coal Export Project in Jeopardy

September 15, 2015

Washington Coal Export Project in Jeopardy   Montana congressmen are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to disregard a request from the Lummi Tribe to abandon an environmental review of the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal at Cherry Point in Bellingham, Washington.   The Lummi fish next to Cherry Point and argue […]

Transportation and trade expand opportunities for working families in Whatcom County

July 20, 2015

The Bellingham Herald, John Huntley and Brad Owens, July 17, 2015   Labor and business are coming together like never before to voice support and spread the message that our region is at an economic crossroads.   Washington is a gateway for international commerce. The infrastructure that sustains our position as a world trade leader […]


Helping the Crow Tribe Protect Their Way of Life

January 14, 2016

“If it stays in the ground, there’s no revenue.” – Riley Singer, concerned college student and Crow Tribe member “This is our homeland. Healthy families can keep their traditions alive.” – Mike Not Afraid, Rancher and Crow Tribe Member “We need that revenue for us to feed the elderly and their families, as well.” – […]

New OPED: More lawmakers support proposed trade terminals

December 14, 2015

Last week’s op-ed in The Olympian by Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, comes on the heels of a recent tour of Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed expansion in Longview. Sheldon joined lawmakers visiting from Montana and Wyoming for the visit. His column highlights a disturbing message sent by Washington state’s Department of Ecology to potential investors of […]

New 6-week study no match for 20-month review of air quality

November 25, 2015

A brief subjective analysis released Monday by University of Washington-Bothell Professor Dan Jaffe reconfirms one thing: the fringe environmental movement loves funding his opinion research. The latest offering has essentially no new information in his ongoing quest to coal dust to air quality. Which isn’t that surprising given how little time he spent on this […]

SSA Marine Welcomes the Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy as Partners in the Gateway Pacific Terminal

August 14, 2015

ICYMI yesterday, SSA Marine announced a new strategic partnership agreement with the Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy for the Gateway Pacific Terminal project in Bellingham. Expansion of Gateway would increase port capacity for all of  Washington’s export goods and provide much-needed family-wage jobs in Whatcom County. Read the official announcement here.

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Professor’s Latest Study Misses the Mark

November 25, 2015

The hastily completed 6-week air analysis ignores critical facts about rail investment in Washington’s economy SEATTLE— A new air quality study rushed to completion in order to sway public opinion against the expansion of bulk-commodity trade terminals in Longview and Bellingham is based on questionable analysis and ultimately adds little substance to the legitimate scientific […]

State Department of Ecology stalls trade growth in Washington by delaying Longview environmental review — again

October 16, 2015

SEATTLE— The Washington State Department of Ecology today sent a chilling message to those whose livelihoods depend on future investment in trade and export infrastructure. Nearly two years after announcing the draft environmental review of Longview’s Millennium Bulk Terminals should be released in November of this year, the state has pushed the review out again, […]

Chinese visit to Washington should include focus on increased trade capacity

September 24, 2015

SEATTLE— As Seattle welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping and his delegation, groups concerned about the future of trade with China call on government and business leaders to include discussions on the need to continue to expand the region’s export capacity, vital to Washington state’s future as a trade leader. As Gov. Jay Inslee, noted in […]

Governor’s Trade Trip to Asia Must Include Terminal Expansion Consideration

September 2, 2015

SEATTLE— As Governor Jay Inslee begins a nine-day trip to South Korea and Japan, the Alliance for NW Jobs & Exports urged him to make increased export capacity – particularly the pending construction of terminals in Bellingham and Longview  – a vital part of the trip’s itinerary. “In his own words announcing the trip, the […]