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  • Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis
  • Sumas Mayor Bob Bromley
  • Nooksack Mayor Jim Ackerman
  • Everson Mayor John Perry
  • Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen
  • The City of Ferndale
  • Bellingham Technical College President, Patricia McKeown
  • State Senator Doug Ericksen
  • State Representative Vincent Buys
  • State Representative Jason Overstreet
  • Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Washington State Legislative Board
  • Northwest Jobs Alliance
  • Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Northwest Washington Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • International Longshore Warehouse Union, Puget Sound District Council
  • Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • Puget Sound Pilots Association
  • Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Whatcom County Republicans
  • Washington Realtors
  • Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports
  • Citizens for a Working Whatcom County
  • 58 members of Congress
  • Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Project Overview

The Gateway Pacific Terminal is a planned multi-commodity export facility that will create 1,250 permanent family wage jobs* at full operations and generate nearly $140 million of economic activity annually in Northwest Washington. The terminal will achieve high environmental standards and will advance the balance of trade using American products to create American jobs. Learn More!

*includes direct, indirect and induced jobs

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The Cherry Point marine area has both environmental and economic importance to the region. In recognition, the state Department of Natural Resources has protected an area near the wharf as an Aquatic Reserve while confirming that the Gateway Pacific Terminal is consistent with the Reserve’s goals and objectives.

A major environmental focus is the herring that spawn near the wharf site. These herring are part of a larger population that stretches along 4,500 miles of coastline. While independent studies have shown that declines in the local population are due to natural factors rather than industrial activity, we are committed to safeguards designed to avoid or minimize effects on the herring and its marine environment.

For example, when a structure is built over water, its shade can inhibit the growth of plants and small animals. To ensure that the maximum amount of light reaches the water beneath the wharf, we tracked sunlight and artificial light penetration, mapped the shadow pattern beneath the wharf and aligned it to maximize the amount of natural light reaching the water.

In addition, we designed our cargo loading system to deliver material directly into the holds of the ship, minimizing “dusting” of material onto the wharf or into the water. All runoff from rain or cleaning activities will be captured and pumped back to the terminal’s water treatment system.

Ships calling at the terminal will be required to discharge their ballast water 200 miles offshore to prevent the introduction of non-native species into local waters. To ensure compliance, we will fund the Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct ballast inspections of all vessels for the duration of the project.

 

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