What’s Next Step for the Gateway Pacific Terminal? Scoping process deadline ahead for public to present issues for economic impact review, with end game years away Prepared by The Staff at Business Pulse Magazine Photos courtesy of Bob Jones Photography
housands of local citizens have packed into high schools and auditoriums and have stuffed mailboxes, all to make their voices heard on one project — the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) at Cherry Point.
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or color-coded shirts, the hordes participated in seven public meetings of a scoping process that continues, with written comments only, through Jan. 21. SSA Marine – Stevedoring Services of America – established the scoping methodology to meet requirements for an Economic Impact Study (EIS). Gov. Christine Gregoire stated that she’s never seen people so engaged in an issue in her eight years in office. Residents have bus-
ied themselves with an onslaught of yard signs, letters to the editor, and heated debates dividing much of Whatcom County’s populace. Project proponents say that public opinion polls continue to show broad support for the project, while opponents appeared dominate much of the public scoping meetings. So what’s next on the agenda for one of the most contentious projects ever proposed in Whatcom