The largest proposed crude-by-rail (CBR) transloading facility on the West Coast recently survived a major hurdle to its ultimate construction and operation—a lease extension. But with the proposed project enduring nearly three years of permitting delay while navigating Washington State’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) process, the lease extension may come as too little too late.
The trials and tribulations of the proposed project highlight the difficulties large-scale energy-infrastructure projects confront, particularly on the West Coast. Simply put, American infrastructure projects need to be made a priority on political, legal, and regulatory agendas. Without such prioritization, much-needed projects will continue to wither away in permitting purgatory, and ultimately the American consumer will suffer. This proposed project is but one example. Continue Reading