Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Draft EIS Work Begins
The contract amendment between Whatcom County and consultant CH2M Hill to begin the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Gateway Pacific Terminal / Custer Spur project has been signed.

Access an overview and plain language (PDF) document explaining the contracting phases, as well as the contract content. This document is intended for informational purposes only. The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Co-Lead Agencies will make SEPA-based decisions throughout the EIS process; these decisions may alter the course of the contracting phases provided herein and may alter contract content in the future.The scope of work (PDF) included in the contract is available online.

The scope of work describes what and how aspects of the environment should be studied, including methodologies, schedules and costs. Our approach to methodologies matches where we are in the study phase – at the starting point. The guidance given to the consultant on how to study impacts may evolve based on information assembled along the way. More details and information about the contract are available on Ecology’s website in a frequently asked questions document.

Both contracts related to this project were signed on February 27, 2014. The contract with CH2M Hill for preparation of the draft EIS is included in the Contract #201205028 - Amendment 4 (PDF) document. The contract between Whatcom County and Pacific International Terminals and BNSF for payment of all costs related to the completion of the draft EIS is included in the Contract #201205029 - Amendment 4 (PDF) document. Both of these documents were subsequently amended and signed June 2, 2015 here are the links Contract 201205028 - Amendment 5 & Contract201205029 - Amendment 5.
Background on the Scoping Process
The scoping period for the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Gateway Pacific Terminal and Custer Spur modifications has concluded. Scoping is a preliminary phase of the EIS process when the agencies identify potential adverse impacts and decide which of these to analyze in the EIS.

The co-lead agencies have posted the Scoping Report which summarizes comments collected at in-person scoping meetings, online and in writing, and it provides an overview of public outreach activities. The official EIS Gateway Pacific website, provides additional details about the scoping process, project proposals, and displays comments received.

The Washington State Department of Ecology has issued a news release on behalf of the co-lead agencies in regards to the set scope of environmental impact statement for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal Project. Please see the news release on the Department of Ecology’s website.