By Vancouver Energy On September 29, 2016
Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, and Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, wrote in a recent op-ed in the Puget Sound Business Journal about Washington’s current regulatory environment for energy projects, including Vancouver Energy.
There is a reason the scope of the Washington state (Environmental Impact Statement) process — and similar processes in other states and at the national level — is intended to be limited. Projects like (the proposed Millennium project in Longview) simply cannot reasonably account for the environmental impacts along the entire supply chain of the goods passing through their terminals. And if they are forced to do so by government order, it could mean these projects and economic investments never advance beyond the permitting stage.
This is a critical time for Washington’s economy. It is booming in the central Puget Sound region, but we are seeing signs of slowing elsewhere. Unemployment is creeping back up in places, and the uneven recovery has yet to reach some corners of the state.
Gov. Jay Inslee and his administration should be encouraging job growth, especially the kind of good-paying jobs that the Millennium project will bring, rather than putting up roadblocks.
Hardworking Washingtonians have shown it’s possible to protect the environment and create economic opportunity at the same time. It’s time Gov. Inslee — and all our leaders — stepped forward to do the same and fix our regulatory process so that Washington and America can put points on the board and win in this global economy again for generations to come.