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January 18th Luncheon


LNG: Get the Scoop

Puget Sound Energy plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at the Port of Tacoma. The proposed facility will provide local transportation companies with a cleaner fuel alternative, including TOTE Maritime Alaska vessels. It will also provide PSE residential and commercial customers with natural gas reserves to maintain dependable service on the coldest days of the year. 


Attendees were able to hear both sides of this issue to make an educated conclusion for themselves.



Ted Gleichman

Center for Sustainable Economy


Ted has held volunteer leadership posts within Sierra Club, both in Oregon and nationally, in the fight against new fossil fuels infrastructure. He has been working since 2008 to stop massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) export pipelines and terminals from being built on the Oregon Coast and inside the mouth of the Columbia River, and is one of the key leaders of the statewide coalition guiding this struggle.

Ted has published op-eds in The Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News, The Colorado Statesman, and The Oregonian. He’s worked in operations management for entrepreneurial software start-ups, as a managerial mayoral appointee for the City and County of Denver, and as a manager in a Fortune 100 telecom. He is a graduate of Regis University.



Steven R. Storms

Chemical Engineer


Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (BSChE-1971) and licensed Professional Engineer (PE). (Retired)Education - Attended United States Military Academy at West Point and University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. 

Experience - Worked in heavy industry for over 40 years with a good portion in the energy and environmental fields. (Monsanto, Reynolds Aluminum, Arkansas Kraft, Great Northern Nekoosa, Weyerhaeuser) Started working for Weyerhaeuser as an Environmental Engineer in the Energy and Environmental Engineering Department. Retired after 30 years as Project Director of Process Evaluation at Weyerhaeuser’s Headquarters in Federal Way, WA. 



Andy Wappler  

PSE, VP Corporate Affairs


Andy Wappler is Vice President, Corporate Affairs, for Puget Sound Energy. As head of Corporate Affairs, Wappler leads the Company’s communications, community affairs, energy efficiency and products and services teams. He is also the Chairman and President of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation.

Wappler has a Master of Science degree in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in English from the University of Washington.


Hartleigh Caine 

Totem Ocean Trailer Express


Hartleigh joined Totem Ocean Trailer Express in 2013 after 14 years in the U.S. Army Aviation branch.  At TOTE she is responsible for the daily operations consisting of terminal operations capabilities as well as equipment maintenance and equipment control.  Hartleigh is an honor graduate of the United States Military Academy with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She completed her Master’s in Business Administration at Columbia Business School.

The event took place at Rooftop Garden Ballroom, Landmark Center.​


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