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January 22nd, 2016: Five experts released reports today that explain how the nation’s largest crude-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, Washington, could jeopardize public health and the Columbia River’s endangered salmon runs.
January 22nd, 2016: Today marks the close of comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, WA. The Stand Up To Oil campaign will deliver a record-breaking 276,296 comments to Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) opposing the project. This outpouring of opposition follows turn out of almost 2,000 people to three crowded hearings (two in Vancouver, one in Spokane) in the first weeks of 2016.
January 21st, 2016: Today, January, 21, 2016, Multnomah County Commissioners unanimously passed a strong resolution to oppose projects that would ship crude oil by rail through Multnomah County. The resolution also authorized and approved official comments from Multnomah County about the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal draft environmental impact statement.
January 14th, 2016: Columbia Riverkeeper produced a film, "Hanford: A Race Against Time," which will have its global premiere Wild & Scenic Film Festival this weekend January 14-18, 2016, in Nevada City, California. This 5-minute short is an outreach tool to raise awareness about the western hemisphere's most contaminated nuclear site to a broader audience.
January 13th, 2016: After sixteen hours of testimony with over 1,300 people in attendance over the course of two hearings – the vast majority expressing strong opposition to the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal – Washington’s Energy Council will hold a final hearing in Spokane Valley this Thursday. The Council will make a recommendation to Governor Inslee, who has the final authority to deny the oil terminal. A diverse group of Vancouver business owners, labor leaders, conservation groups, tribal nations, physicians, faith leaders, students and others oppose the project, citing concerns about climate change, health, safety, oil spills and local jobs.
January 12th, 2016: Arch Coal, Inc., the second largest coal supplier in the United States, announced on January 12, 2016, that it would be filing for bankruptcy protection after suffering several quarters of losses and being unable to restructure its debt.
January 11th, 2016: The second of three public hearings on the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver along the Columbia River is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, from 5-11pm in Ridgefield, Washington. Vancouver business owners, including Vancouver 101, a group of 101 businesses opposed to the Tesoro Savage oil terminal, will attend the hearing and provide testimony on how the proposed oil terminal will harm their livelihoods and negatively impact the local economy.
January 8th, 2016: The second hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 5-11 PM, at Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, Hall B located at 17402 NE Delfel Road Ridgefield, WA 98642. Business owners from Vancouver 101 plan to make press statements before the hearing and many will testify during the evening hearing on the 12th.
January 6th, 2016: “These incidents have occurred on new railroad tracks and old railroad tracks, with the old rail cars and the new rail cars. With the increase in rail traffic the risk of a catastrophic oil train accident would increase dramatically,” said Laurent Picard, a firefighter and Hood River City Councilmember. “There is no way to mitigate a massive spill no matter what level of training. Containment of a spill would be impossible. All that could be done is to evacuate an area and let it burn.”
January 4th, 2016: We have an opportunity to make the biggest statement yet against crude oil-by-rail in Vancouver! Join us for a rally and the first public hearing about Washington’s review of the largest proposed oil-by-rail terminal in North America.