Firefighters, Business, Conservationist Statements on Port of Vancouver Commission Election
Eric LaBrant is leading the Port of Vancouver race by over 13 points. Additional votes are being counted, but Mr. LaBrant has a commanding lead, as of 10am on November 4.
“A LaBrant victory will be a compelling referendum on the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver. Mr. LaBrant opposed the Port’s rushed decision to approve a massive oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, while his opponent Lisa Ross supported the Tesoro-Savage project.The entire state was watching this election, and a LaBrant victory will demonstrate deep-seated, growing opposition to the largest proposed oil-by-rail terminal in the U.S.”
– Mark Johnston, President Vancouver Firefighters Union Local 452
“The Port of Vancouver has been a rubberstamp for the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal. An Eric LaBrant victory will bring a new perspective on the Port Commission, one that may help the Port to approach the oil-by-rail issue differently and think more carefully about the enormous hazards associated with the nation’s largest oil-by-rail proposal.”
– Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director, Columbia Riverkeeper
“Our community–our businesses, our firefighters, and our neighborhoods–are firmly opposed to the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal proposal. A LaBrant victory will be a clear indication of where we stand, and we will continue to ask our Port Commission to represent the best interests of this community by stopping the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal.”
– Don Orange, Hoesly Eco-Auto, Vancouver. Founder, Vancouver 101: Small businesses standing up to Big Oil