Stand Up to Oil is a growing coalition of groups opposed to new oil terminals and an increase in oil transport through the Northwest, while working to improve safety measures for oil currently traveling through the region. www.standuptooil.org
oil by rail terminal in Vancouver, WA that would be the largest in the nation, handling 360,000 gallons of crude oil per day. Four full trains would arrive per day from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and would then be shipped down the Columbia River. Scoping comments have been submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pointing out that this terminal does not comply with the Clean Water Act. Tesoro Savage’s proposal is opposed by the Vancouver City Council, ILWU Local 4, Columbia Waterfront LLC, the Cities of Washougal and Spokane, the Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission, the environmental community, and people from all walks of life across the Northwest.
TAKE ACTION: The comment period on the NPDES Construction Stormwater Permit is open from October 31st to November 29th, 2016. Read more.
Westway currently operates a bulk terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, and is proposing a retrofit to receive 48,860 barrels of crude per day from oil trains. Since the company is proposing to retrofit their existing facility, there are relatively few permits required. Of all the places in the Pacific Northwest that would be affected by a ramp-up in oil transport, none stands to be as profoundly transformed as Grays Harbor, which has limited deep water areas to stage ships or tugs. A surge in oil vessel traffic, in a place not suited to them is inviting disaster. A major oil spill could wreak havoc on the Dungeness Crab fishery and many other natural resource-based industries in the area.
TAKE ACTION: The final environmental impact statement for the proposal was released on September 30, 2016. Tell the City of Hoquiam to deny permits for the project during a public comment period that ends November 19th. Read more.
through Spokane, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Mount Vernon and Burlington on the way to the refinery.
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