I was surprised by the inaccuracy and tone of the guest editorial published about Columbia Riverkeeper recently in The Daily News by Mark Smith, titled, "Just Who Are They Protecting Us From?"
Being a member of Vancouver 101 — a group of small businesses in Vancouver looking out for the best interests of our community and our jobs — we saw our future threatened by a massive oil storage terminal that would have marred our waterfront, threatened our safety, and driven away investment from our community.
Over five years, we worked closely with Riverkeeper to protect the health of our growing community. Together, Vancouver 101, Riverkeeper, and a host of local and state leaders protected Vancouver from multiple daily loaded oil trains - the same type of train that derailed, spilled, and burned in Mosier, Oregon. When a Texas-based oil company bullied their way into Vancouver and claimed (incredibly) that oil spills create jobs, we all fought back, and our citizens, our river, and our small business community are better for it.