Whatcom County Council

Environment
5:01 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Activist Groups Seek Tighter State Scrutiny Of Oil Trains, Export Terminal Permits

A train carrying crude oil heads west through the small town of Shelby, Mont. on Nov. 7, 2013.
Matthew Brown AP Photo

Faced with increasingly volatile sources of crude from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week issued an executive order directing his state agencies to review safety regulations and response plans.

Now community activists in Washington are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to do the same for the state’s coast.

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Coal Exports
5:01 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Whatcom County Council Races Attracting Big Money Over Coal

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

An unprecedented amount of outside money has been pouring into local elections in Whatcom County to fund both sides of the fight stemming from the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point.

Four of the county council's seven seats are up for grabs. And two political action groups have formed to try and tip the balance in the Gateway Pacific project north of Bellingham. 

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