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Myth #2 – We can ban export of fossil fuels without harming current industries...

This week’s Myth: We can ban export of fossil fuels without harming current industries and jobs at Cherry Point This week’s Reality Check: The attempt to pick and choose which parts of a company's operations are allowed -...

Hirst Case Resources

Fix Hirst is a website created by a broad group of folks who are concerned about the impact of the Hirst decision on the future of Whatcom County. The site contains news and information about the Hirst...

Myth #1-The time when we’ll no longer need fossil fuels is coming fast

This week’s Myth: The time when we’ll no longer need fossil fuels is coming fast so we should re-train workers at the Cherry Point refineries for the jobs of the future. This week’s Reality Check! There is no...

Update on Hirst from Sen. Doug Ericksen

Hirst Fix in the legislature - Save Household Wells! A Senate fix to the state’s household-well crisis failed to receive a vote in a House committee as a key deadline passed, but the issue remains alive...

Navigating water and property rights in the state of Washington

“Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Washington State can feel like this sometimes. Though it seems...

Recent Decisions Severely Impact Property Owners

By: Jim McKinney, Executive Director, Common Threads Northwest The WHATCOM COUNTY COUNCIL moratoriums on Cherry Point industrial growth and drilling previously exempt home-use wells have a dramatic impact on our economy and tax base.  They cost...

Local Elections Matter

First turnover of County Council under new system holds profound implications with 4 seats open By Business Pulse Staff One of the most important elements of any democracy is how representatives are elected. It is no less...

We can balance economic prosperity and environmental stewardship

By Tony Larson, President Whatcom Business Alliance Most reasonable people understand there are trade-offs on most important decisions. Few decisions provide all benefit with no costs. Decisions that impact our community are typically no different. Particularly...

Whatcom County Council has a choice: Is Cherry Point open for business, or not?

Whatcom County Council has a choice: Is Cherry Point open for business, or not? John Huntley, president of Mills Electric in Bellingham, found himself recently in a place he never thought he’d be – in a...

Local businesses stepping up together to make a difference

The  Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) recently launched its Step Up for Business Advocacy Campaign – or “Step Up,” as it has become known. “Step Up is the answer to numerous requests and long Board ...