By Dave Gallagher, Business Editor at The Bellingham Herald.
Developers of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point have withdrawn its permit applications, essentially closing the book on the project.
Pacific International Terminals sent a letter Tuesday to Whatcom County officials announcing it was stopping the environmental impact statement process and is withdrawing its applications for the Gateway Pacific Terminal.
The coal terminal proposal was considered dead last May when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a needed permit, saying the project would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights of Lummi Nation. Whatcom County Planning & Development Services sent a letter to Pacific International Holdings in October, informing the company it was recommending to the hearing examiner that the applications be denied. In the letter to the county, Sahlin said the company is considering challenging the Army Corps’ decision.
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