An oil refinery could serve region

What to do with the Kimberly-Clark site? As ugly as the site is today, my initial vision was to bulldoze it. But my vision has changed and it is my opinion the site should be turned into a job producing industry. The industry should create good paying jobs and be a benefit to the area as a whole.

With the recent raping at the gas pumps, it is my opinion that the Kimberly-Clark site should be purchased by the cities of Everett, Mukilteo and Snohomish and an oil refinery be built on the site. The site would be managed by these regional cities with the expectation of producing low cost gasoline for the region. Surplus fuels would be sold on the open market. Profits from the sale would be used to maintain low cost fuels in the region and be dispersed amongst the three cities for education, road improvements, and other current needs.

The refinery would not be as large as a traditional refinery but reduced in size just to support the needs of the region plus some limited surplus.

I would hope this would eliminate the monopoly by the Cherry Point refinery and create enough competition to force a reduction in cost of fuels to other cities in the area.

I understand this is a grandiose idea but every vision begins with a dream.

Steven M. Lay


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