Pulp mill to shut for good; Freshwater announces closure after fail...

The owner of the Samoa pulp mill said it will shut down the plant for good after failing over the past year and a half to raise capital to restart it. Full Story
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Anonymous

Bainbridge Island, WA

#1 Sep 29, 2010
It's probably too obvious to bear pointing out, but I'll point it out anyway.

It only takes until paragraph two for John Driscoll to try to shift the blame for this failure to "government regulation."

This is a plant that changed hands several times, to foreign ownership and back, and whose management was apparently unable to get the free market to invest, or the government to give it the "free money" that conservatives are always complaining about.

Perhaps instead of quoting the current owner who will obviously blame anyone but himself, Driscoll could have picked up the phone and asked, oh, I don't know, an industry expert or something? Or would that interfere with the (non-existent) anti-government narrative that our "obviously liberal" press is always spouting?
Breathin easier already

Oakland, CA

#2 Sep 29, 2010
Well put Anon in Seattle. Now let's get some welding jobs going and get that thing dismantled ASAP!
Thank God

Milpitas, CA

#3 Sep 29, 2010
Thank God - Eureka will finally enforce it's ANTI-SMOKING policy.

This is FANTASTIC news!
anon

Eureka, CA

#4 Sep 29, 2010
The blame falls squarely on Mike Thompson who failed to support potential funding needed to get this project off the ground. His local office certainly played a hand in this......what the hell has he really done for us recently anyway, I mean beyond serve up some nasty spaghetti once and a while? Sad to see all those jobs go, thanks Mike. Let's see how much pork he's brought to wine country.....
You Fricking serious

Arcata, CA

#5 Sep 29, 2010
The Blame Falls squarely on an industry that Invested into its shareholders Greed rather then the future stability of the community at large in humboldt. I Laugh very loud at the folks who said the industry had their best intentions in hand, now look a guy who has been there for 30 years is 40th in seniority? That means there are a lot of guys in the older years OUT IN THE COLD.

I feel bad for you guys, but I Can't say you didnt have it coming. The mills and Industry have taken a huge toll on our stability with the short term "CLEAR CUTTING" Mentality!

You guys and the industry are merely suffering from your own blatent disregard.

Hey, maybe You can move away and work some where else, I am sure that had to be in your plans, Right?

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#6 Sep 29, 2010
Thanks mike thompson for pushing Humboldt further into the welfare/unemployment abyss, you, surfrider, lovelace, neely, and all you other freeloaders leave a legacy of poverty in Humboldt and have reduced the quality of life and prosperity here. Vote them all out.
SamBo

Alameda, CA

#7 Sep 29, 2010
There is already 395+ tweakers taking the metal apart at the mill and re-assembling it in a back yard as a giant meth-lab. Go Eurrrreeekkkaaa.
saveourcountry

San Francisco, CA

#8 Sep 29, 2010
another industry being close and shipped to china,it is being regulated out existence.
what else is new!...the plan is to regulate this country out of existence and these regulators are for the most part, part of a conspiracy to regulate this country into a communist, now called capitalist world domain, china being the biggest it has there agents all over this country. regulating the last remains of what is left of the american industry and technology over to china.
go to any store any were in this country and you will not find anything made in this country.all made in china,but they don't want you to know so it does not say were it was made,they can't say made on U.S.A.if it is not, but in the near future they will be able to lie and say that was made here even though it was made in china
we need to get our country back and put the criminals that are stealing this country and its technology to the biggest what we use to call communism and because of this word scare people they changed to capitalism but in reality it is the same people godless decadent criminals they will steal the last penny from you on your way to buy a loaf of bread to stay alive.

“HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE”

Since: Dec 07

McKinleyville

#9 Sep 29, 2010
LOLA - TOLD YA SO, VOTERS!

Jeffrey Lytle
McKinleyville - 5th District
Non sequitur

Seaside, CA

#10 Sep 29, 2010
I know this is a very serious issue, but I can't comment on the story itself. Instead, I think the photographer should get some kind of award for his photo of a facility vanishing in the fog of circumstance. Congratulations on the photo of the year.
Shortfuse

Eureka, CA

#11 Sep 29, 2010
"Save our country" says it like it is.

"mckman" left out The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board are blood suckers too.
park city

Salt Lake City, UT

#12 Sep 29, 2010
”I just wish we could have known a lot sooner,” Marks said.

C'mon... really?.. no seriously?.. i could have told you that industry was dying 25 years ago when i was 15 and had to smell that stupid plant every day riding my bike to school. the time to evolve was then. the unions are most of the problem in these unfortunate situations. our businesses cannot compete, the cost of doing business is just to high.
Anonymous

Mountain View, CA

#13 Sep 29, 2010
Jeffrey Lytle wrote:
LOLA - TOLD YA SO, VOTERS!
Jeffrey Lytle
McKinleyville - 5th District
What Exactly did you tell us? Oh wait are you saying we didnt listen to you? That was a good idea jeffrey. And what exactly do you have on record that you claim to have told us about this particular issue? Huh?? Can ya share??
loleeegag

United States

#14 Sep 29, 2010
Blame the gubbmint, keep the money LOL Tea Baggers or soooo dum
jason

Locust Grove, OK

#15 Sep 29, 2010
hahah..who cares!!!!..You people act like the shit paper co. was gonna save the economy around here..hahaha..dumb asses..the Grass already saved it.now ya gotta jump on the Marijuana train that already left the station.fuck the pulp mill and the pollution it provides.you may need the shit paper to dry yer tears..you FOOLS!!!HAHAHAHAHAH!!!blame yerselves.
40 need jobs

Whitethorn, CA

#16 Sep 29, 2010
real estate values in eureka just went up. I feel for the 40 employees but that thing had to go .All the wood chips are now making electric at the new plant .It's more lucrative than pulp
The man

Eureka, CA

#17 Sep 29, 2010
The biggest impact to the local community at large is when everyone's water bill doubles.
jacata

United States

#18 Sep 29, 2010
Bob Simpson stinks! What's with blaming the feds when it's the BANKS that didn't lend the money. Read the article. The feds offered to guarantee 25 mil, but Bob didn't find a bank that would accept that.
anon

Enid, OK

#19 Sep 29, 2010
Anyone that thought the pulp mill was going to reopen was living in a fantasy world.
Until we get legal HEMP, there will never be another paper mill here. EVER.
Keith Stone

Eureka, CA

#20 Sep 29, 2010
You Fricking serious wrote:
The Blame Falls squarely on an industry that Invested into its shareholders Greed rather then the future stability of the community at large in humboldt. I Laugh very loud at the folks who said the industry had their best intentions in hand, now look a guy who has been there for 30 years is 40th in seniority? That means there are a lot of guys in the older years OUT IN THE COLD.
I feel bad for you guys, but I Can't say you didnt have it coming. The mills and Industry have taken a huge toll on our stability with the short term "CLEAR CUTTING" Mentality!
You guys and the industry are merely suffering from your own blatent disregard.
Hey, maybe You can move away and work some where else, I am sure that had to be in your plans, Right?
clear cutting was banned years ago. The mill closing has nothing to do with supply of raw product, as the waste used is still coming out of the sawmills and now they have to have more creative ways to get rid if it, as they cannot ship it all to a power generation facility. Shareholder greed?? A lot of shareholders are employees and mutual fund participants via 401K programs, not all "greedy" timbermen as you portray; where is the threshold between acceptable profit and greed in your mind?? What do all businesses want to do??? Is profit unacceptable??? As far as the area and employees, yes it's too bad they can't get it running, but this mill has always been an up and down affair based on market demand, as it's a commodity, and the employees, especially the higher seniority workers, knew this. With other countries subsidizings their industries and China manipulating their currency, domestic pulp doesn't have much chance without $$$ or tariffs to force China to quit unfair business practices. The next time you use paper remember, our govt officials had a chance to have a cleaner domestic mill produce that product, but elected to waste our money somewhere else and continue the spiral of the elimination of higher paying jobs so we can import less environmentally freindly, cheap products.

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