Gateway Pacific Terminal / Pacific International Terminals, Inc.
The GPT project, which is being proposed by Pacific International Terminals, Inc., is a multi-user import and export marina terminal for bulk, break-bulk, and other marine cargoes. The project will include new rail loop tracks, covered and open terminal storage areas, and a pier and trestle connection to the terminal storage area. The property is located between the BP Refinery to the north and the INTALCO facility to the south. The project area is located in the Cherry Point Industrial Urban Growth Area (UGA), which is zoned for heavy-impact industrial land use. The property is also designated as part of the Cherry Point Management Area, under the Whatcom County's Shoreline Management Program. The facility is located within the Cherry Point State Aquatic Reserve south of Birch Bay. Click here to go to the original application materials (MDP, VAR, SHR) for this proposed project.
The scoping period for the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Gateway Pacific Terminal and Custer Spur modifications has concluded. Scoping is a preliminary phase of the EIS process when the agencies identify potential adverse impacts and decide which of these to analyze in the EIS.
The co-lead agencies have posted the Scoping Report which summarizes comments collected at in-person scoping meetings, online and in writing, and it provides an overview of public outreach activities. The official website, www.eisgatewaypacificwa.gov, provides additional details about the scoping process, project proposals, and displays comments received.
The Washington State Department of Ecology has issued a news release on behalf of the co-lead agencies in regards to the set scope of environmental impact statement for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal Project. Please see the news release on Ecology’s website at; http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2013/197.html.
The co-lead agencies plan to review and assess the input received through the public scoping period and begin work later this year on a draft EIS, which may take at least a year to prepare. The EIS will evaluate a reasonable range of alternatives, potentially affected resources, significant unavoidable adverse impacts of various alternatives, and explore possible means to avoid, minimize and mitigate effects of the proposals. The lead agencies will seek public comment on the draft EIS, and then produce a final NEPA/SEPA EIS.
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), Whatcom County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have updated their working agreement for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal. The agencies originally agreed in 2011 to produce a single, joint EIS. The three co-lead agencies will continue to coordinate efforts while preparing two separate EIS documents as outlined under a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). An amended Communication Protocol Agreement has also been signed to refer to the collaborative effort by the County, Ecology, and the Corps to produce the separate documents to meet each agency’s respective SEPA or NEPA responsibilities. CH2M HILL will continue to be the contractor for all agencies to prepare the separate NEPA/SEPA documents.
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Pages Last Updated September 23, 2013
Below are recent documents from 2013
- Revised Communication Protocol Agreement, September 19, 2013
- Revised Memorandum of Understanding, September 18, 2013
- Extension of LDP2011-00054, June 12, 2013
- News Release from the co-lead agencies, April 1, 2013
- Meteorological Station Installation Work Plan, submitted from PIT to WC, February 28, 2013
- All Contract Modifications are posted beneath the original contracts located on the 2012 document page
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