Today, our parent company, Lighthouse Resources, took legal action against Ecology's Maia Bellon, DNR's Hilary Franz, Governor Jay Inslee and the state of Washington for illegally interfering with interstate commerce.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court, details clear violations of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. In addition, the complaint alleges the state has abused the permit review process by discriminating against an export project with a double standard applied to the commodity involved.
Steps taken today demonstrate a continued commitment to building and operating a bulk export terminal that meets all federal, state and local environmental standards. The entire Millennium team and our ownership look forward to the day when we can begin construction on a world-class port facility in Longview, Washington.
In addition to our statement (below), Lighthouse Resources has issued a detailed press release, which can be viewed here.
Millennium has been focused on complying with Washington State’s high environmental standards in our current and future operations. The lawsuit from our owners is a reminder that Washington is a trade gateway for all the western states and their products and our state government should not inhibit that trade. This Federal lawsuit clearly shows our ownership’s commitment to the project moving forward.
Bill Chapman, President and CEO, Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview