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Join these respected leaders and organizations who have already pledged their support:

  • 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

Who’s in Support of Gateway Pacific Terminal?
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SSA Marine has worked for more than a decade with government agencies and environmental groups to integrate environmental safeguards in the design and operation of the Gateway Pacific Terminal.

Gateway Pacific Terminal

In 1999, we concluded a Settlement Agreement with Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and environmental groups including People for Puget Sound, the Washington Environmental Council, the North Cascades Audubon Society, and Ocean Advocates, as well as the League of Women Voters.

We committed the project to a significant environmental mitigation package that exceeded state and federal environmental standards.

These commitments are in addition to a major environmental review by federal, state and local agencies that will include input from the public, Tribes, and local government.

In addition, we continue to work with WDFW, the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, federal agencies, environmental advocacy groups, and Tribes to ensure that the design and operation of the terminal meet stringent environmental standards.

For example, the wharf and trestle will be located to eliminate the need for dredging, minimize shading, reduce disruption to nearshore habitat, and safeguard native eel grass. Ship approaches have been modified to avoid or minimize significant disturbances to herring during the spawning season and docked ships will be requested to shut down non-essential systems to reduce noise and air emissions.

The project has been identified in Whatcom County’s land use planning for more than 15 years. In addition, the state Department of Natural Resources has protected a large area near the wharf as an Aquatic Reserve while confirming that the Gateway Pacific Terminal is consistent with the Reserve’s goals and objectives.

Gateway Pacific is the kind of sustainable development that local citizens ask for – it uses the area’s natural and existing infrastructure assets strategically, and to their highest value, producing new economic wealth in the area without residential sprawl.

For in-depth information on these measures click here:

Land and Water
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