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Stand Up To Oil

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.

Tesoro Savage Project in Vancouver, WA

Tesoro Corp. and Savage Corp. are proposing an 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.

Westway Terminal Expansion in Grays Harbor, WA

There is one proposal remaining in Grays Harbor to receive oil by rail.
 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 Washington Supreme Court breathed life into the Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA), a state law that protects coastal ocean resources, and ruled that the law’s strict permitting requirements apply to crude oil shipping terminals. The ruling will effectively block the proposed crude-by-rail terminal. Read the press release.

Shell Oil-By-Rail Expansion Project in Anacortes, WA

On October 6th, Shell Puget Sound Refinery dropped its plans to construct an oil-by-rail facility in Anacortes. Originally proposed in 2014, community opposition and legal challenges forced Shell and Skagit County to undertake a full environmental and public health review under the State Environmental Policy Act. That delay, growing local and regional opposition, and uncertain economics contributed to Shell's decision. The proposal would have brought six trains a week, each with 102 cars, 
through Spokane, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Mount Vernon and Burlington on the way to the refinery.