CRAMER: Coal Terminal Permit Denial a Blow to Economy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following statement regarding the decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Monday to deny a permit to the Cherry Point coal terminal in Washington state. Cramer signed a letter supporting a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project upon hearing the Corps was considering rejecting the terminal’s permit before the EIS was complete.
The project, known as Gateway Pacific, would have been jointly owned by the Crow Tribe, Cloud Peak Energy, and SSA Marine and would have exported agricultural products and coal, including Crow-owned coal from Montana. The project was estimated to create a total of 5,680 jobs.
“I’m disappointed the Corps prevented this project from going forward without a full analysis of its potential environmental impacts and mitigation alternatives. I’m only left to believe this is another example of the Obama Administration working with anti-fossil fuel groups to prevent projects and job growth just because they are tied to fossil fuels.”