Don Orange on Jobs

The Port of Vancouver is not having difficulty finding tenants. New buildings are leased before they even have roofs on them. The proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal would only produce a small number of permanent jobs, where other potential tenants, such as grain, automobiles, or renewable energy parts, would produce more family wage jobs/acre than this terminal would and without the social & environmental risk associated with crude oil transport & handling. Additionally, this project has kept Terminal 5 in limbo since 2013, and has only, and likely will continue to, produce jobs for lawyers and nobody else. If elected, I propose that the Port of Vancouver Commission vote to end the lease and build something there that will bring family-wage union jobs to Southwest Washington now.

"this project has kept Terminal 5 in limbo since 2013, and has only, and likely will continue to, produce jobs for lawyers and nobody else"

As Port Commissioner, it would be my job to set a vision for the Port of Vancouver that is in sync with the priorities of this community and this region. I believe that the small amount of permanent jobs that would result from this terminal pales in comparison to job losses in other areas, for example; the Vancouver Waterfront Development. The Vancouver Waterfront Development is a $1.5 billion project, less than a mile East of the proposed oil terminal, that will produce huge economic benefit, thousands of permanent jobs, and help to attract other businesses & people to Vancouver for many years to come. The current thinking by the Port of Vancouver is to place an oil terminal directly next to this beautiful, game-changing development and hope that the two don’t negatively affect each other. If approved by Jay Inslee, the oil terminal would surely inhibit the Waterfront Development’s potential and partially negate any economic potential provided by the terminal as well.

"I believe that the small amount of permanent jobs that would result from this terminal pales in comparison to job losses in other areas"

This graphic shows projected emissions from the proposed oil terminal, clearly showing that the Vancouver Waterfront Project falls well within the "critical" or "serious" areas of anticipated impact.

Whatever project is chosen for Terminal 5 will produce construction and permanent jobs. The potential includes but is not limited to a grain terminal, roll on roll off freight, wind energy components, auto import or export, and other safe uses. We should be building light industrial and warehousing facilities at other areas at the Port, with emphasis on apprenticeships and prevailing wage enforcement. Good jobs make for a strong local economy.

*Emissions Impact research courtesy of Western Agtech