My Ferndale News: County Council’s Cherry Point Plan is Killing Growth in Whatcom County

Andrew Gamble, a Marine and Safety Operations Advisor to Petrogas as well an Energy Industry Representative on the Whatcom County Business and Commerce Advisory Committee, recently wrote an op-ed for My Ferndale News speaking out against the County Council’s proposed changes for Cherry Point and the devastating impact they’d have on the county. The changes…

WHATCOM COUNTY STAKEHOLDERS FIGHT FOR CANCELED RENEWABLE DIESEL FACILITY

After over a year of planning, the Green Apple Renewable Fuels facility in Ferndale and 750 jobs were canceled. Legislators, laborers and environmentalists are now scrambling to pinpoint what went wrong and save the project. The Green Apple Renewable Fuels facility was a partnership between Phillips 66, a company which owns a crude oil refinery…

REG: PHILLIPS 66 AND RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP WITHDRAW RENEWABLE DIESEL PROJECT IN WASHINGTON STATE

HOUSTON, Texas and AMES, Iowa, Jan. 21, 2020 – Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) and Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) are discontinuing their joint effort to construct a large-scale renewable diesel plant in Ferndale, Washington, the companies announced today.   The project has been canceled due to permitting delays and uncertainties. Originally announced in fall 2018,…

The Ferndale Record: Proposed Cherry Point Changes Threaten Our Economy

This guest op-ed column is from Mark Riker, executive secretary of the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council.    We live in polarized political times. But even against a backdrop defined by ideological differences, public officials of all stripes should still share one common framework that shapes their actions and decisions. View full article…

The Daily Herald: COMMENTARY: Cherry Point Regulations Could Harm Local Economy

Moving quickly is a virtue in many undertakings. But if there’s one place where faster isn’t better, it’s public policy. Unfortunately, the Whatcom County Council appears more focused on speed than soundness in its consideration of possible changes to the Cherry Point Comprehensive Plan. And that, for anyone focused on the economic well-being of Whatcom,…

Not All Employers are Created Equal

When discussing job creation, it is clear that some jobs are far more beneficial to the general welfare than others. That’s the hard-nosed economic conclusion of the independent 2019 Cherry Point Economic Impact Study conducted by Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research. This research updated the 2014 study previously conducted by Western Washington…