GPT Is On Hold, But Do Their Job Promises Actually Pencil Out?

Last week SSA Marine announced it is temporarily suspending the Gateway Pacific Terminal’s environmental review process, pending the Army Corps’ decision on the Lummi Nation’s treaty rights. Whether the project review process restarts or not, one point is clear: GPT’s job promises have always been on shaky ground. Over the last five years, SSA Marine and joint PR efforts with the railroad and mining companies have cast GPT job promises in many variants. Estimates have varied from 430 jobs to 1,250 jobs – most recently claimed at 5,680 jobs in a PR piece backed by the corporation and other project proponents last year. Unfortunately, this flow of claims often leaves our community and important decision makers with misleading and […]

Unanswered Questions on GPT and Local Jobs

When a developer is working to sell a big project to the public, a standard exercise is followed: identify any new “direct jobs” that the project may actually create and then multiply that number by the job ripple effect (also called the “multiplier”) associated with the business model. The result is a “total job” projection that becomes the job promise sold to the community. Why then are GPT’s job promises significantly greater than those made by the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal port in Longview, WA? Millennium would be a similarly sized operation. It says it would create 300 jobs at full build out. GPT, on the other hand, says it would create 1,250 jobs—more than four times as […]

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