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.
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 public provided approximately 125,000 comments on the scope of the upcoming environmental impact statement (EIS) during the 121-day comment period, which ran from Sept. 24, 2012, to Jan. 22, 2013. The agencies consider all comments on an equal basis, regardless of how people submitted them. The official website, www.eisgatewaypacificwa.gov, provides additional details about the scoping process, project proposals, and displays comments received.
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.
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