RAIL COMPANY HINTS AT HOQUIAM COAL TERMINAL
Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad and Rail America have approached the Port of Grays Harbor and the Economic Development Council this week about the possibility of shipping coal from a new bulk terminal at the Port’s Terminal Three. EDC Executive Director Tim Gibbs tells KXRO that if an agreement is reached, the facility would bring 60 new jobs to the Harbor, 50 at the terminal and 10 at the railroad. The terminal would allow the shipment of 5-million metric tons of coal per year from the Harbor, which would mean the addition of one train per day through the rail lines of Grays Harbor. Gibbs says so far, Rail America has been very open about what they want to do and the environmental impacts the shipment of coal would have on the area and steps they would take to minimize those impacts. Although permits have yet to be sought for the endeavor, Gibbs says if all goes well the facility could be running by 2013 or 2014 and could bring $1-million in tax revenues to Hoquiam and aid a county that now leads the state in unemployment.