Calls about coal are not from the Port of Grays Harbor
Recently, local residents may have received a call from someone asking their thoughts on shipping coal through the Port of Grays Harbor.
Former Port Commission candidate Ron Figlar-Barnes said that he received a phone call last week from Sterling Research conducting the survey, asking if he would support “a coal terminal in Grays Harbor exporting coal to the Asian Markets”.
Port Commissioner Chuck Caldwell told KXRO that these calls are not coming from the Port. He said, “The Port did not sanction this survey and we have no knowledge of who did. We can unequivocally state that there are no discussions or plans for an export coal facility at the Port of Grays Harbor.”
Caldwell said, however, that several months ago there was a countywide phone survey regarding crude by rail that suggested overwhelming support.
The planning for a coal export terminal in Grays Harbor was cancelled in August of last year, but not everywhere in Washington has dropped their plans. Currently there are multiple facilities planned for the Pacific Northwest.