Any marriage of convenience between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state of
They will issue separate statements, possibly with very different conclusions, about new ports near
Signs of trouble were clear last Tuesday…
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… The corps had invited reporters to call-in to its headquarters to chat with the Col Bruce Estok, Seattle District commander, about the environmental review process for the ports.
It’s a more interesting topic than it may sound. The Corps says federal law limits their studies to the land and water around the port. The state says
It’s not 100 percent guarantee they’ll come up with different preferred options. But supporters of the new coal ports like the Corps’ approach while opponents like the state’s approach.
After getting more than a dozen reporters on the line – it was the morning after a three-day weekend, we all were hurting for news – staff announced Estok wouldn’t be talking. The
That “something” turned out to be a posting in the Federal Register late Friday afternoon that the Corps would be filing separate environmental statements on the two ports. Estok wasn’t available to answer questions and the Corps left it to the state Department of Ecology to explain things to the news media.