On Monday, May 19, 2014, I presented to the Board of County Commissioners a resolution on oil safety for transportation and environmental impacts. The resolution did not pass, as the other two commissioners did not agree. I respect their views on this issue, but am concerned that if we are not the voice for the people, who is? How are the federal agencies and railroad supposed to know our concerns? Our leaders in Olympia and Washington, D.C. will only know our concerns if we are able to voice them.
At the meeting, Cosmopolis Mayor Vickie Raines stated that it was not the commissioners’ place to state their views on the issue until after scoping is complete. My question is how is it OK for the Port of Grays Harbor and other cities to state their position on oil issues and not the county? She stated we can trust the state and the railroad companies. However, it took filing a lawsuit for them to go along with scoping.
The Port of Grays Harbor has been bragging about all the jobs the seafood industry has made for Westport and the county. If there was only one major oil spill, all those jobs could be lost. I ask Mayor Raines, Hoquiam City Administrator Brian Shay and the port commissioners if those 50 jobs are worth taking the chance of losing thousands of jobs and possibly lives forever?
Grays Harbor County Commissioner