In their lengthy 3 September message to the people of North Bend, the Veresen / Jordan Cove Energy (JCEP) attorney demanded facts and truth from concerned citizens, not emotion, when discussing the planned workers camp matter. OK counselor; some clarification please.
First, telling the citizens of, and nearby, North Bend that their overburdened infrastructure must accommodate a 20% increase in population almost overnight causes emotion and reaction.
For 11 years the number of Jordan Cove Energy Project (JCEP) required temporary workers has frequently moved between 250 and 4,000 depending on the official or unofficial JCEP spokesperson, the audience, and for essentially the same LNG import, now LNG export, terminal. Currently the JCEP advertised peak number of temporary workers is 2,100; the average number will be significantly lower.
For 11 years, expecting local struggling taxpayers (who will soon lose control of many tens of millions of their tax dollars) to give JCEP between five and 19 years of tax avoidance as promised to JCEP by our local elected, appointed, and self - anointed professional politicians, and for other valuable consideration, JCEP has repeatedly promised to give preference to hiring, and paying a premium to, skilled and unskilled workers from Coos County and from the southern coast of Oregon. There must be at least 1,000 qualified skilled job seekers within daily driving distance (many who are currently under employed or overqualified) ready to start working tomorrow. Labor unions and their members’ friends and families throughout Oregon have endorsed and supported JCEP relying on these promises to their thousands of dues paying job seeking members.
If Veresen / JCEP intends to keep its promise that its contractor and subcontractors will hire locals first (locals who do not necessarily possess LNG factory construction experience); if Veresen / JCEP intends to ensure that any successor company honors the JCEP promises and contractual obligations (including those promises that are set forth in the Community Enhancement Plan (CEP) that will never be legally enforced); and assuming that job seeking locals have homes; why is a workers camp that would make the Joad family envious, that is planned to accommodate at least the peak amount of 2,100 bodies (apparently assuming no locals will be hired), required to be situated under the McCullough Bridge?
25 September 2015
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