Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Grays Harbor Plans Rail Projects Workshop

The Port of Grays Harbor, which has two projects pending where crude oil would be imported by rail and then sent off to refineries, is offering an opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed projects.

A public workshop on crude-by-rail, or CBR, is scheduled for 6 pm Wed., Jan. 30, 2013, at the Rotary Log Pavilion, 1401 Sargent Boulevard in Aberdeen, Wash.

Current tenants Westway Terminal Co. and US Development Group are expected to have representatives on hand to offer information about their proposed projects.

Westway Terminals, which imports and stores liquid bulk commodities on its 16 acre lease with the port, has submitted permits to construct four additional tanks to store crude oil to be received by rail and loaded via pipeline onto barge or vessel to be transported to West Coast refineries.

US Development Group has an access agreement with the Port of Grays Harbor for the property located at Terminal 3 in Hoquiam, Wash. The company is performing a feasibility analysis on construction and operation of a full liquid bulk handling and storage facility at the site.

Representatives from Greater Grays Harbor Inc., Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad, the Washington State Regulatory Assistance Office and the US Coast Guard have also been invited.

“We invite the public to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about what CBR is and how it works, as well as learn about the job creation and economic impacts these projects could have on Grays Harbor,” port Executive Director Gary Nelson said in a statement.

Doors will open for the workshop at 5:30 pm on Wed., Jan. 30, with an overview presentation on CBR scheduled for 6 pm. Following the presentation, attendees are expected to have the opportunity for individual discussions about the projects with representatives of the attending organizations.