Greg Pettit, Warren
I am opposed to the Port Commission changing existing agreements to allow heavy tar sand oil containing products to be shipped out of Port Westward. The proposed Resolution 2018-69 to amend a sublease agreement may do that.
The proposed resolution is not the way to develop good public policy that includes fact finding, opportunity for thoroughly understanding potential consequences, public involvement and transparency.
The timing of this proposal seems to be intentionally calculated to avoid public awareness and involvement; just after an election where people are tired of politics, and in the middle of the holiday season just before Christmas.
The resolution itself is written in such a way as to intentionally confuse and obscure the real reason for the amendment to the Sublease. There is nothing in the resolution that provides the reason a proposed amendment is necessary.
The proposed action was not properly public noticed. The amendment does not include the proposed deleted language. Good public policy making should include proposed deleted language in the notices. The proposed amendment has a blank space when referring to API gravity ranges of degrees (density of product). I am not a lawyer, so I don’t know if these omissions fully meet the law, but as a citizen they certainly seem intended to hide transparency of intent, and obscure motivation.
The real reason for this amendment, we all know, is to open the door to using Port Westward and our counties rails to ship Canadian Tar Sand Crude to Asia. If that is what the Port wants to propose, then that should be the subject on the table and we should have a thorough public review process with adequate time for public awareness, fact findings, and debate.
I oppose the shipping of heavy crude oil products through Columbia County and out of Port Westward. Based on prior history of false promises of jobs, the economic benefit to such an outcome to our county would be minimal. The environmental and public health risks to our county (and the world) on the other hand are very substantial. Impacts on traffic congestion and emergency services delivery in South Columbia County alone outweigh potential economic benefits to our County.
Columbia County is being targeted for this proposal because of a perceived weakness to false promises of an economic a pot of gold, and a lack of organizational and economic capabilities to mount effective resistance. There are many good reasons they are not able to get this through anywhere else on the west coast.