The Northern Whatcom County Small City Caucus today delivered a letter from the Mayors of Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksack, and Sumas urging a fair consideration of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal.

The letter was sent to the team of agencies – The Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and Whatcom County – that are conducting the Environmental Impact Statement process. The letter urged the agencies to consider a number of points, including the economic benefits that the project would bring to the area – such as new jobs, infrastructure improvements, increased trade, and badly-needed tax revenues, when weighing their decisions.

Notably, the Mayors asked the agencies to consider:

“We are a nation of laws. Permitting agencies are objective administrators and should not interfere with the lawful conduct of commerce based upon extra-legal political considerations or biases, such as the popularity of specific commodities in the opinion of certain commodities in the opinion of certain citizens or interest groups.”

Mayors Robinson, Perry, Jensen, Korthuis, Ackerman, and Bromley also stressed the need to ensure that the project was reviewed in a manner that was timely and compatible with good environmental practice.

If you’d like to read the whole letter from the Mayors to the EIS Scoping agencies, you can do so here: Small City Caucus EIS Letter 11.29.12


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