Trade connections to Washington state are growing in leaps and bounds lately, thanks in large part to big business going on through the Port of Olympia.
“Once you get a regular cargo shipping schedule for one industry,” said Port marine terminal director Jim Amadour, “it brings other companies looking to get in on that, too.”
At the head of the shipping game so far for the Port this year are imports of ceramic proppants, the silty, sand-alumina mixture used in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) of the earth to release natural oil and gas.
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Connections, connections. So y’know those oil trains going to the proposed terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor? Guess where they’d be coming from? You got it: the Bakken oil shale formation in North Dakota/Montana. So as the Port of Olympia ships oil fracking supplies east, the trains come back west carrying the oil through Thurston County, just ready for a derailment into one of our streams. It all does affect us directly! More reason to show solidarity by going to the oil trains info meeting at Elma High School on Wednesday. Zoltan Grossman
North Dakota is now #2 in oil production. “Williston, a city at the centre of the resources boom, is struggling to adapt. Here, a one-room apartment costs $2,000 a month…Ad hoc settlements called ‘man camps’ have sprung up, but housing shortages force many to live in caravans, mobile homes and even their own cars….An influx of male workers in the three main oil counties means there are at least 1.6 single young men (aged 18-34) for every single young woman. Little wonder that strippers in Williston are said to earn up to $3,000 a night in tips. Some are worried that a bust will follow the boom—just as it did 30 years ago…growth will slow if prices drop to below $80 a barrel…Economies that are rich in resources tend to underinvest in education and infrastructure….Growing wage gaps in the west of the state….unpaid bills have caused the debt of McKenzie County Hospital to climb by 2,000% during the past four years…Three years ago the hospital saw 100 emergency visits per month; last year the monthly average was 400.” Zoltan Grossman
National Geographic has an article in its new issue on the oil fracking boom in North Dakota, with details on the enormous social and environmental costs. A Must-Read for opponents of fracking supply ships in our port. Zoltan Grossman