Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, ranking Republican member on the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee, released the following statement Thursday regarding efforts to revive the Green Apple renewable diesel project in Ferndale. Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group, partners in the $800M-$1B project, announced Tuesday they would abandon the plan, after regulators with the state Department of Ecology chose to require an environmental impact statement and a lengthy decision-making process. The firms cited “permitting delays and uncertainties.”
“We are working very hard to restart the Green Apple project. We are working with the governor’s office and reaching out to other interested parties to establish a pathway forward. We will leave no stone unturned.
“This project is of vital importance to Whatcom County and the working families of Northwest Washington. Not only is this a billion-dollar investment in our area’s economic future, it is an investment in new fuel technologies that will benefit our environment. This is too important for us to let it go, and over the last couple of days we have seen great concern in Olympia. We’re not giving up. We’re going to fight to make this work.”