Cheap oil prices put environmental cleanup projects on hold

Several major cleanup projects in Whatcom County have been put on hold as low oil prices have severely undercut state cleanup grant accounts. Nearly $14 million allocated to $28 million worth of cleanup projects in Bellingham and Blaine in the state’s current biennial budget are in the lurch until lawmakers, scheduled to start their session Monday, Jan. 11, decide to shift money around or approve another way to fund those projects.