This Land Is…

May 16, 2016

Written by  Ben Vient, Managing Editor, Railway Age Magazine

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied and halted the permitting process for the $700 million Gateway Pacific Terminal project in Washington State because of objections by the Native Americans of Lummi Nation based on their land and fishing treaty of 1855.Website Insert Choose Only One copy

The Gateway Pacific Terminal in Cherry Point, Wash., was intended to be one of the largest U.S. ports for export of coal to markets in Asia. SSA Marine and Cloud Peak Energy planned to ship coal by rail from Montana and Wyoming over BNSF to the new port proposed by Pacific International Holdings LLC, and claimed thousands of jobs would be created. Environmental and community groups raised questions of rail grade crossings, train frequencies and sustainable development.

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