It’s disappointing that a former public official used The Times to make blatantly false claims attacking our Vancouver Energy project.
Jim Luce, former chair of the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC), claimed in his opinion column [“Inslee, ‘just say no’ to Vancouver Energy Terminal,” Opinion, Sept. 3] that if the federal ban on exporting crude oil were lifted, “Tesoro would double its Vancouver facility to 720,000 barrels.”
Vancouver Energy, a joint venture of Tesoro and Savage Companies, is seeking a permit for an average of 360,000 barrels of crude oil per day. We have no plans to expand, and any terminal expansion would require EFSEC approval after thorough public and environmental review.
Luce also claimed our job numbers “are inflated and wrong.” Our data come from a detailed study by Analysis Group, an international financial and economic consulting firm whose staff and affiliated experts include professors and researchers from many of the most prestigious universities in the country.
Luce counters with estimates from a Vancouver organization that admits its work is a “back-of-the-envelope cost/benefit analysis.”
There were other errors and distortions in the column. Luce is entitled to his opinion but not to make up facts or undermine the council he once chaired.
In addition to jobs and economic benefits, Vancouver Energy will facilitate the movement of lower-carbon mid-America crude, which is better for the environment and reduce foreign imports to promote U.S. energy independence. As President Obama said in his Aug. 29 weekly address, “Our economy still has to rely on oil and gas. And as long as that’s the case, I believe we should rely more on domestic production than on foreign imports.”
Jared Larrabee, Vancouver
Vancouver Energy general manager