200 Jobs GONE, Because DEQ Won't Pick Up Its Feet
You've heard me talking about the business climate here in Oregon. Each day I see the people that claim to be the leadership in Oregon, impose another regulation or tax, consequently screwing with business owners bottom line. And each day I have a handful of die hard liberals that call the show and give it their all, trying to convince me of big government benefits. I think the government serves as a better door than a window, and today's story is a great example.
The Obama administration is doing its part to destroy the coal industry and the Oregon greenies aren't exactly what you can call coal friendly. Still, coal remains cheap, clean and abundant.
The Greenbrier Companies
has an opportunity to jump on board coal exports by building barges. Fifty-Five million dollars in barges in the first phase of the contract, to be exact. Enter DEQ. The project hasn't gained much ground because of a delay in permits for an air quality permit needed to continue production. In simple terms, no permit, no project. By this time, Bill Furman from Greenbrier expected to be hiring more workers to complete the contract on time. Unfortunately, the workers are having to pay for DEQ's delay. Nearly one quarter of the companies workforce is on track to lose their jobs. Even if the permit is fast tracked. The damage has been done, for seemingly no good reason.