Over 120 attended the first of two public meetings last night to begin to shape Environmental Impact Statements being prepared for two companies that seek to export crude oil from Grays Harbor ports. Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp was one of the first to provide comment. “Quinault opposes oil in Grays Harbor. Fish, shellfish, […]Continue Reading ...
The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) is adamantly opposed to increased oil train traffic in Grays Harbor County, the construction of new oil terminals, increased oil shipping from the port of Grays Harbor and dredging of the Chehalis River estuary. “We oppose all of these for both economic and environmental reasons,” said Fawn Sharp, QIN President. […]Continue Reading ...
ABERDEEN, Wash. – Proposed expansions at the Port of Grays Harbor by Westway Terminal Company LLC and Imperium Renewables will result in $143.3 million in direct private investment and resulting economic output to the community, according to a new study conducted by ECONorthwest and released today by Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. who say that added together, these projects mean hundreds of family-wage jobs for the community and millions more in annual income.
The report, conducted by ECONorthwest, one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest independent economic consulting firms, examined the fiscal impacts to the region throughout construction and during the first year of expanded operations. Westway Terminal Company LLC and Imperium Renewables plan to expand their bulk liquid storage and transportation facilities by increasing storage capacity, constructing additional rail lines and improving marine services.This analysis proves that the expansion proposals put forward by Westway and Imperium Renewables are in the best economic interest of the Grays Harbor community,” said Tim Gibbs, CEO of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. “These projects present our region with an opportunity for new and improved economic drivers, bringing millions to workers, local businesses and cash strapped public services. One look at these numbers and it’s clear that the proposals are a win for Gray Harbor.”
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Imperium Renewables and Westway have sent a joint letter today asking the City of Hoquiam and the state Department of Ecology to begin developing environmental impact statements (EIS) on the companies’ terminal expansion projects at the Port of Grays Harbor. Although both companies maintain they have satisfied all relevant environmental protection laws during their pursuit […]Continue Reading ...
Aberdeen, WA – Big things are happening at the Port of Grays Harbor. Export trade volumes are up 84% over 2009 totals, with over 1.65 million metric tons (mt) of cargo being loaded on an estimated 100 vessels by the end of 2010. But what exactly is driving this historical growth? Diverse cargo exports.Continue Reading ...
Grays Harbor’s business development strategy has resulted in long-term customer investments and partnerships. Partnerships such as those with long-time customer Ag Processing, Inc. which has shipped over 1 million mt of cargo through its current facility and is now constructing on-site storage silos and infrastructure to increase the handling capacity at Terminal 2. This multimillion-dollar expansion will allow AGP to export grain, feed ingredients, and oilseeds along with their current range of processed products to customers in Pacific Rim countries.
A $15 million dollar capital investment in the Port’s marine terminal rail system is being driven by the growing need for additional rail capacity to accommodate not only AGP’s expansion, but the growing auto exports through Terminal 4. Over 21,000 autos have been exported via ro/ro vessels in 2010 via Pasha Automotive Service and Partners Shipping at Terminal 4. The Pasha Group and the Port of Grays Harbor’s joint marketing agreement that has resulted in American made automobiles being exported to China and other destinations.
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