Business, labor leaders pen op-ed

By Vancouver Energy On July 18, 2016

Business and labor leaders in favor of Vancouver Energy have formed a new coalition to support the proposed oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The Washington Coalition for Energy Independence told the Portland Business Journal in a recent story that the group is designed to show there is “a level of support in the broader community for a project that holds the potential to create jobs while enhancing our energy independence.”

Two members of the Coalition also recently wrote an op-ed in the Everett Herald.

Willy Myers, executive secretary-treasurer of the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council; and Joe Wilson, vice president of Pederson Brothers, a Bellingham-based industrial metal fabrication and machining company; write that the Vancouver Energy terminal will produce family-wage jobs and reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil.

From the op-ed:

The project is vitally important to our entire state. It would increase our energy independence by reducing reliance on crude oil from potentially unstable foreign sources, including Iraq, Russia, Venezuela and other countries. It’s estimated that Vancouver Energy could reduce foreign petroleum imports to the West Coast by up to 30 percent.

 

Beyond enhanced energy independence, the project would generate thousands of new jobs, billions in economic activity and millions in additional tax revenue to fund education, health care, transportation and other valuable public services here in Washington.