Pacific Northwest: Right in Tune?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Article by Site Selection Magazine

The state and provincial governments of the Pacific Northwest already are known for their strong environmental positions when it comes to development and permitting. In October, the leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, committing their governments to a “comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy.”

The push comes even as oil logistics facilities and methanol plants from Tesoro, Shell and BP move forward in Washington, and a new federal-state partnership promises to expedite economic growth and energy project permitting.

Is it full speed ahead for corporate energy and industrial projects? Or are governments throwing down the gauntlet? It’s frankly hard to tell. Here are some signposts … but beware of arrows pointing in multiple directions.

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