Obama expedites money for port expansions in Charleston, Savannah

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Obama Administration says the $300 million deepening of the Charleston Harbor shipping channel along with projects at four other ports is nationally significant and promised Wednesday to expedite the work.

The White House released a statement saying the work will be expedited under the federal “We Can’t Wait” program. The other ports are Savannah, Jacksonville, Miami and the Port of New York and New Jersey. The administration says additional projects to be expedited will be announced in the coming months.

The president issued an executive order in March to have the Office of Management and Budget oversee efforts to smooth the permitting and review process for infrastructure projects.

Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced work to streamline the permitting process for the Charleston project already has paid off. The review of the project will be done more quickly and, if everything goes as planned, the deepening could be complete by 2020, about four years earlier than originally projected.

The corps said that involving the public and resource agencies earlier in the planning process has saved time and money. And the number of required studies is being streamlined.

Ports around the nation are working to deepen their shipping channels to handle the larger container ships that will be calling once the Panama Canal is widened in 2014.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the announcement “very good news and a recognition the rest of the country now understands what we’ve known all along: Charleston Harbor deepening is a critical project for our state, region, and national economy.”

U.S. Rep Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said that after the corps’ announcement last week the Wednesday announcement shows the administration’s support of the project.

“More than just a parochial initiative, expediting the deepening the Charleston Harbor will improve our nation’s infrastructure and create jobs,” he said.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/19/12 - 02:49 am
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Thinking out of the box, what

Thinking out of the box, what if we ruled no harbors in this country would be deepened? The asian countries wouldn't be able to use their super ships at our ports. Would that be such a bad thing? They would continue using the current ships and it would save billions of dollars in dredging costs.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/12 - 05:15 am
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out of the box

What if we made THEM pay for our deeper ports....if they want to sell to us.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 07/19/12 - 06:49 am
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If we didn't do it, then
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If we didn't do it, then either Canada or Mexico would.. then truck their goods into country. There could always be port charges once the facilities are built/upgraded.

resident
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resident 07/19/12 - 07:41 am
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But then no bought votes!!!

See here is the flaw in that plan...The local politicans could not buy votes and get they under the radar money. We all know this is the real reason so many things and announcements like this happen close to elections.

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David Parker 07/19/12 - 08:37 am
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improve our nation’s

improve our nation’s infrastructure = over saturating the industry in the South.

1. Two ports within 100 miles of each other.

and

2. Three other ports for the rest of the nation.

Conclusion:
There are over 12k miles of US Coastline. Over 1/3 of the deepening project will "enhance" 100 miles of that coastline.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/19/12 - 09:30 am
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David, Jacksonville, Too

David P, Jacksonville is right down the road, count them in for a half billion, too.

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OJP 07/19/12 - 11:52 am
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Perfect example of "cut spending, just not for me".

When Obama has money for this region, everyone stands up and sticks out their hands (after putting away their Taxed Enough Already signs).

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TParty 07/19/12 - 12:09 pm
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OJP- Exactly!!! 100%

OJP-

Exactly!!! 100% correct!! Whatever happened to "Obama should not be investing, he hates free market, look at his Solyndra company" rhetoric?"

Romney said what is sauce for the gander is sauce for the goose, and so these places should turn down the money, and let the free market pay for it.

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