Last Train: Speak Up As Washington Nears Final Decision on Tesoro Oil Terminal!

PrintSince a fiery oil train derailment ten months ago in Mosier, Oregon, multiple oil-by-rail facilities have withered in the face of community opposition. Projects in Grays Harbor and Anacortes have been canceled. Just recently, the City of Vancouver ended the NuStar oil train proposal and has prohibited any future proposals in the City. And now the State of Washington is nearing a final decision on the Tesoro Savage project, a 360,000 barrel-per-day behemoth that would bring up to five loaded, dangerous oil trains per day through Vancouver.

To learn more about the status of the Tesoro Savage oil train terminal and to learn how you can help protect Vancouver, you are invited to join Columbia Riverkeeper and our partners for an Oil Train Terminal Workshop:

In coming weeks, we expect Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) to release a draft air pollution permit for Tesoro Savage and to schedule an important public hearing in Vancouver. This hearing may be our last opportunity to speak to EFSEC before it makes a recommendation to Governor Inslee about whether the oil terminal should go forward.

On Thursday, April 13th at 6:30 PM, we will discuss the Tesoro Savage oil train proposal with a particular focus on its toxic air pollution. We’ll help you develop ideas for your own testimony, and make plans to have strong community representation at the hearing and during the final decision-making process.

Since it was announced in 2013, the proposed Tesoro oil train terminal has drawn fierce opposition. Riverkeeper and the Stand Up to Oil campaign have joined in opposition to Tesoro with local neighborhood leaders, businesses, longshore workers, health professionals, climate activists, conservationists, the City of Vancouver, the City of Portland, the City of Spokane, tribal nations, Washington’s Department of Natural Resources, and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

We are at a critical moment in the fight to protect Vancouver and the State of Washington from dangerous oil trains – and we need you to join us to make our final push to victory!


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2 Responses to “Last Train: Speak Up As Washington Nears Final Decision on Tesoro Oil Terminal!”

  1. camryn lee says:

    I plan to attend, one person. Thank you.

  2. Dear Friends of the Columbia,

    I am appalled to hear that this project is still in the works, and hope that you will be able to add my voice in serious protest.

    Oil, along with coal (and soon enough, natural gas) is no longer a sustainable industry or economy. Oil and transport companies will do far better, not just for our climate crisis, but for the economy and their employees if they would make the essential shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy resources.

    This pipeline project should not proceed, and efforts should be made to turn the irrevocable corner away from the fossil fuel addiction. Even a major fuel company, Exxon, is paying attention to the writing on the wall.


    Linda Khandro, MAT
    College Earth and Space Sciences Instructor
    Seattle, WA