photo submitted by Rick Swan.
“'Obviously accidents are never a positive for those directly involved,' Gagliano said. 'However, strictly from a supply/demand and pricing perspective, issues that constrain supplies have the potential to have a positive impact on underlying prices.'”
So those directly involved -- fish, for example -- will pay the ultimate price, but the coal industry will make more money.
How can we make sure that the Gateway Pacific Terminal will create a similar economic benefit? Just build the thing! According to Westshore spokesman Ray Dykes,
"'We've had over 8,300 ships and never had an incident like this in 42 years. You just couldn't predict it,' he said. 'It's rather ironic, we've just finished the equipment upgrade in five years, $100 million and were just starting to really steam along.'"
Well, maybe they couldn't predict it, but now we can, because it happened in our back yards. Literally.
The next time you hear SSA say that there won't be any environmental problems with the Gateway Pacific Terminal because it's going to use the best environmental technology, remind them of irony. As Ray Dykes might put it, even hundreds of millions of dollars of the best equipment can't stop human error. You can't predict it.
Of course, it might not be SSA doing the talking about GPT's environmental "benefits." Lots of good coverage is starting to come out about who's really behind the "Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports," Gateway Pacific's "grassroots" support organization. No spoilers here -- you have to read for yourself: Sightline and Joel Connelly at the PI.
Oh, all right, I'll give you one clue. The title of the PI article is "Seattle PR firms are 'doing coal's dirty work': study."
I'm sure that the good folks in our community who profess to be bitterly opposed to "people from Seattle telling us what to do" will immediately distance themselves from the coal campaign. Because otherwise, they'd sound hypocritical.