Pacific Maritime Magazine - Marine Business for the Operations Sector

By Chris Philips
Managing Editor 



October 1, 2018

H.L Mencken said, “When A injures B on the pretense of saving X, A is a scoundrel.”

A joint amicus brief filed in US District Court by the attorneys general of Montana, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Utah and South Dakota, takes to task the state of Washington for interfering with the development of terminals from which these states can export their coal.

The suit names Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Director of the Department of Ecology Maia Bellon and commissioner of public lands, Hillary Franz, and asserts that the plaintiff states “have a broad interest in ensuring that no single state can engage in a pattern of discrimination that results in control over any other state’s ability to engage in a lawful activity involving interstate or foreign commerce.”

The suit further notes that the defendants, Inslee, Bellon and Franz, “have publicly expressed their personal antipathy to the use of coal as a fuel source.”

No kidding.

The Millennium Bulk Terminal, proposed for the Port of Longview, Washington could have moved up to 44 million metric tons of coal a year, but was denied a permit by ecology director Bellon, who tweeted, “I have denied Millennium’s proposed coal terminal in Longview. Harm to the environment would be too great.”

Commissioner Franz says she opposes “the use of our public lands for the expansion of dangerous and dirty fuel sources.”

In 2007, when then-Congressman Inslee was purportedly representing the state’s 1st Congressional District in Washington, DC, he was actually writing a book, entitled, “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy.” We have not read the book, but did see this quote: “Coal is killing us. If we fail to restrain growth of CO2 emissions all six billion of us on this little spaceship are at risk.”

We’re glad to see this suit, and wish the plaintiffs the very best.


We wanted to take a moment to note the passing of the founder of Seattle tug and barge company Western Towboat. Captain Robert Shrewsbury started with one small tug in 1948. 70 years later, with his help, his children and grandchildren have turned the company into a well-respected and well-run operation consisting of 23 tugs, most of which were built in-house.

His son Ric says, “He was a very lucky man in many ways. But the harder you work the luckier you are.”


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