KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Army Corps of Engineers has finally released an environmental review of the BP Cherry Point dock, and they want to know what the public thinks.
The north fork of a Y-shaped dock at the refinery was finished in 2001, but a group of environmentalists sued the Army Corps of Engineers because the project never had an environmental impact study.
The corps has now prepared a draft of that environmental review.
It says that using the north fork of the dock would reduce the risk of an oil spill if shipping traffic stays the same as it is now.
The risk of an accident would increase a little if shipping traffic increases.
The corps’ proposal is to keep using both forks of the dock.
They’ll take comments on the draft review during a public meeting at Shuksan Middle School this Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
People can also write a letter or email their comments.
Written comments will be accepted until August 6, 2014.
Send written comments to Olivia H. Romano, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle Regulatory Branch, 4735 E. Marginal Way South, Seattle, Washington 98134; (206) 764–6960 or via email to