HOQUIAM, Wash. - Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney last night said he was getting a little bitter over recent comments about safety in his city "this crude-to-rail has certainly created an awful lot of media attention, and other attention, and I think some of it has become kind of disturbing. Mostly because of the unfortunate thing that happened in Quebec, and some headlines - comments made by people, about lack of safety, and that the same kind of thing could happen in Hoquiam.
Durney said he didn't want the city's proactive involvement in the permitting process to be seen as a promotion of crude-by-rail projects, all three of which are private firms leasing Port of Grays Harbor property. "And it's disappointing to me, that they remain mute during all these conversations, and all the headlines, all the articles, and all the public meetings about safety.
In an update on crude-by-rail last night City Administrator Brian Shay told us they have combined the appeals filed against both the Westway and Imperium permits "Both cases will be heard, roughly beginning at the end of September, first week of October." Shay said the Shoreline hearings board made the decision last week, the merge bumps up the deadline for the Imperium appeal, which was filed later.
The third company interested in exporting crude oil from Grays Harbor, US Development has not filed any permits or applications recently.