Building Trades Show Support for Terminal

The Washington Building and Construction Trades Council and the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council, representing a combined 95,000 workers, have passed resolutions in support of the Vancouver Energy crude-oil-by-rail terminal.

The Washington labor group has 20 different unions who recently delivered a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee urging him to support the oil-by-rail terminal. The labor leaders wrote in the letter that Vancouver Energy is “an important project for our state, region and county.”

The Washington Building and Construction Trade Council’s resolution, which was approved last month at the group’s annual convention in Tacoma, describes Vancouver Energy’s environmental benefits, jobs and economic impacts.

The Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council passed its resolution last month at its annual convention on the Oregon Coast.

Both resolutions tout family-wage jobs and the economic benefits of a large private investment in Southwest Washington.

The project would provide more than 300 construction jobs and produce $1.6 billion in labor income. The $210 million private investment in the terminal would result in $2 billion in regional economic benefits.

With Washington state being one of the most trade dependent states in the nation, both councils agreed that the Northwest should encourage private investment in infrastructure that benefits our communities, businesses and families and that a reliable permitting process needs to be in place.

Vancouver Energy has been under review by the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) for more than four years. The recommendation and Final Environmental Impact Statement from EFSEC in the coming months. Once this is complete, the information will be presented to the Governor, who will have 60 days to make a decision on the project.

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