View Post

Planning Commission approves proposed new development rules to stop crude oil exports at Cherry Point

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, News by CTNW News

After a year of work the Whatcom County Planning Commission has finished making its changes to the proposed new development rules related to crude oil exports at the Cherry Point Industrial Area. The commission’s final changes are supported by the environmental group RE Sources and Cherry Point industry representatives, and were approved by the commission after an online public hearing …

View Post

Council narrowly approves latest extension of Cherry Point crude oil export moratorium

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by CTNW News

For the ninth consecutive time, the Whatcom County Council has extended its interim moratorium on building crude oil exporting facilities in the Cherry Point industrial zone. This latest extension of the temporary ban narrowly passed by a vote of 4–3 at the council’s virtual public hearing on June 2, 2020. Councilmembers Tyler Byrd, Ben Elenbaas and Kathy Kershner voted against …

View Post

Local Lawmakers Hope to Revive Phillips 66 Joint Venture for the Green Apple-Renewable Diesel Project

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by CTNW News

How long should it take to determine the environmental
impacts of environmentally-friendly renewable energy projects?
The sudden cancellation of the Green Apple Project left Whatcom County leaders and legislators surprised and disappointed but determined to somehow bring the project stakeholders back to the table.

View Post

Whatcom County Council Receives Warning Letter from Legal Representative for British Petroleum of Cherry Point

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by CTNW News

Letter to the Whatcom County Council concerning the “Interim Moratorium” from Brian Israel of Arnold & Porter: At its meeting on December 3, 2019, the Whatcom County Council voted to enact an eighth extension of the “Moratorium on the Acceptance and Processing of Applications and Permits in the Cherry Point Urban Growth Area the Primary Purpose of Which Would B …

View Post

Moratorium on unrefined fossil fuel exports at Cherry Point extended yet again

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, News, Whatcom County Council by CTNW News

For the eighth time, the Whatcom County Council has extended a moratorium on new or expanded crude oil exporting facilities in the Cherry Point Industrial Zone — home to some of the county’s biggest employers. Any new projects that would increase exports of crude oil or other unrefined fossil fuels will not be permitted for another six-months until the council …