An Oregon police chief says his department is preparing for a possible confrontation between Walmart and a truckload of construction workers.
Walmart on Friday announced that it was canceling construction of a second Oregon highway after being warned that it could shut down construction sites along the Columbia river in the state.
The company has said that the project would create over 300 permanent jobs in Oregon, and could bring millions more into the state through increased retail sales.
In a statement Thursday, Gov.
Kate Brown said that if Walmart followed through on its threat to close construction sites, she would be “vigilant” and would work with the Oregon Department of Transportation to “make sure that this project is not negatively impacting our local economy.”
The statement came a day after a letter signed by Oregon Department, Public Lands, Forestry, and Recreation officials warned that the company’s actions could have an adverse impact on local economies.
The letter also said the state could impose fines of up to $15,000 per day and could revoke Walmart’s state permit.
Walmart, the Oregonian reported, had not responded to a request for comment.
Walmart has built its Oregon headquarters in Beaverton since 2002 and has an annual gross revenue of more than $20 billion.