By Vancouver Energy On June 30, 2016
Today’s testimony covered the positive economic impact and seismic improvements of the Vancouver Energy terminal.
--Todd Schatzki of the Analysis Group testified that the proposed terminal would provide good-paying jobs that would benefit families throughout the Southwest Washington region. Schatzki, an expert in energy and environmental economics, said in his written and in-person testimony that the combined effects of the construction and operations of the project would yield an average of more than 1,000 jobs annually over the assumed 16-year construction and operation period. (Go here to see his full report.)
In addition to living wage jobs, the cumulative impact of the terminal would include nearly $1.6 billion in labor income and more than $2 billion in economic value added to Clark County and surrounding communities, he said.
-- Mark Rohrbach, senior engineer at Hayward Baker, described the extensive seismic improvements that will be made at the oil-by-rail terminal. The ground improvements, including steel columns, are designed to withstand a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, he said.