Draft Environmental Impact Statements issued for Westway and Imperium
Per the Department of Ecology:
The draft Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for the Westway Expansion Project and the Imperium Terminal Services Expansion Project [crude oil terminals] in Grays Harbor, were published Aug 31, 2015, starting the 60-day public comment period. The comment period starts August 31, 2015 and ends….. Update: extended end date now November 30, 2015.
Both Draft EISs are available on the Ecology website, www.ecy.wa.gov/GraysHarbor. In addition to the draft documents, the website also has links to fact sheets in English and Spanish. These fact sheets summarize key issue areas, the environmental review process, and the Westway and the Imperium [ now REG] expansion projects. The website has information on submitting comments and a link to the online comment form. [ see comment tips below]
Comments that do not identify a specific project will be considered for both projects. All comments are valued equally. Comments can be submitted:
By mail at: CORRECTED ADDRESS
Westway and Imperium Terminal Services Expansion Projects EISs
c/o ICF International
710 Second Avenue, Suite 550
Seattle, WA 98104
In person at a public hearing orally or in writing.
Public hearings and open houses will be held:
Both hearings will have two sessions, from 1:30 – 4:30 pm and then again at 6:00 – 9:00pm. Please attend one or both. The future of the Washington Coast is at risk.
October 1, 2015, 1:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Satsop Business Park, Flextech Building, 150 Technology Way, Elma, WA 98541
October 8, 2015, 1:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the D&R Theatre, 205 South I Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Rally at 5:00 pm in front of the D&R Theater!
Need a ride to attend the hearings? Find a bus & RSVP your seat.
What comments are helpful?
Comments in the following areas are particularly valuable:
- Any inaccuracies in the environmental checklist, EIS, or other documentation;
- Areas of potential environmental impact that have not been identified;
- Adverse environmental impacts that have not been adequately addressed;
- Possible mitigation measures that could or should be added to the proposal;
- Reasonable alternatives to the proposal;
- The need for additional study;
- The merits of the alternatives and mitigation measures considered in the document
NOTE: “Several Washington community leaders [ including CCH representatives] sent a letter Friday to Skagit County Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt and Gov. Jay Inslee requesting 120-day public comment periods for the proposed Shell Puget Sound Refinery rail unloading facility in Anacortes and the proposed Grays Harbor crude oil terminals.
The letter, which was also sent to Hoquiam City Manager Brian Shay and state Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon, urged officials to allow the longer comment periods for the draft environmental impact statements of the projects in order to give community groups more time to gather information.”