As you've probably heard by now, there was a spillover crowd at Bellingham High School tonight for the Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal "pre-scoping" forum, put on by some very nervous lead agencies.
Everybody else listened politely and quietly. I hope that they learned something. I use similar slides when I teach Environmental Impact Assessment, and I'm not convinced that they do any good at all. But more is at stake here, and adult learners predominated, so here's hoping that the information made sense.
- The applicant and the agencies have been meeting for two years. Two years to understand and process information relating to the project and its necessary permits.
- The applicant submitted an incomplete application to Whatcom County and got extensions.