Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Port Association Fails to Silence Port of Olympia

Hi Folks,                                                                                                     10/15/14

The Washington Public Ports Association's attempt to silence the Port of Olympia has failed.  The Port Association's Executive Committee should resign in disgrace for its effort to silence debate on this important public policy issue.

The Port of Olympia passed resolution #2014-07 in August, 2014 calling upon the Port of Grays Harbor to reconsider its proposal to build three marine terminals for Bakken shale oil and requesting the City of Hoquiam to deny construction permits for all three of the proposed terminals.

In response, the Executive Committee of the Washington Public Ports Association, a trade association with no statutory authority to do so, sent letters to the homes of two Olympia port commissioners, George Barner and Sue Gunn, saying they were "writing to censure you for your support and passage of this resolution."

I've attached the Port of Olympia's October 14th response to the Association.

The Executive Committee of the Washington Public Ports Association is:

Tom Albro, President (Port of Seattle)
Roy Keck, Vice President (Port of Benton)
Jerry Oliver, Past President (Port of Vancouver)
JC Baldwin, Past Present (Port of Chelan)

Troy McClellan, Secretary (Port of Everett)

Dan Leahy
1415 6th Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98502

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