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First Day of Hearings on Vancouver, WA Oil Terminal Begins with Broad Opposition »

June 27th, 2016: June 27, 2016, marked the first day of hearings for the adjudication process on Tesoro-Savage’s proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington. Over 200 people rallied outside and packed the hearing in red shirts to show their opposition to oil trains and support requests from tribes, cities, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources to deny the terminal.

Riverkeeper Petitions EFSEC to Oversee Review Process for Proposed Methanol Project in Kalama, WA »

June 24th, 2016: Riverkeeper asks EFSEC to take over permitting and review of the proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery. Converting natural gas into methanol for export is a brand new industry in Washington with state-wide energy implications. This proposal deserves the level of state-wide scrutiny and public input that the EFSEC process was designed to provide.

Preliminary Findings Report: Mosier, Oregon; Union Pacific Derailment »

June 23rd, 2016: “The Federal Rail Administration's investigation blamed the oil train derailment in Mosier on Union Pacific's failure to maintain its tracks. Despite its dangerous tracks, Union Pacific claims it will restart oil trains this week. It is time for the FRA to listen to the requests of Senators Wyden and Merkley, Governor Brown, and local electeds, and issue an immediate moratorium on dangerous oil trains through the Columbia River Gorge."

Adjudication updates: Tesoro Savage Oil-by-rail proposed terminal »

June 22nd, 2016: This Monday, June 27, 2016, in Vancouver, Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will begin its adjudication process for the huge proposed Tesoro Savage oil train terminal. EFSEC’s month-long, trial-like hearing will begin and end in Vancouver, with different parties presenting detailed evidence about why the Council should approve or deny the project.

Live Stream WA Supreme Court on 6/23 »

June 22nd, 2016: The Court will decide whether the Port of Vancouver illegally approved the lease without reviewing the oil terminal’s impacts. Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) are asking the Court to declare the lease null and void.

A Response to Governor Brown »

June 17th, 2016: Because of the shocking derailment and explosion in Mosier, Governor Brown holds the most powerful position of anyone in the country to pressure the federal government to take action.

ODOT Calls for Moratorium on Oil Trains »

June 16th, 2016: The Stand Up To Oil campaign thanks the Oregon Department of Transportation for calling on the Federal Railroad Administration to issue a moratorium on unit oil trains traveling through the state on tracks that contain the same type fasteners as in the derailment in Mosier, OR.

Port of Vancouver Commissioner Tries to Terminate Oil Lease »

June 14th, 2016: During the Port of Vancouver Commission meeting this morning June 14, 2016, Commissioner Eric LaBrant made a motion to terminate Tesoro Savage lease. Commissioner Brian Wolfe & LaBrant deliberated, with no second. Here's a reaction from Dan Serres who attended & testified along with Mosier leaders (Mayor Arlene Burns, City Council President Emily Reed, and Fire Chief Jim Appleton).

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Comments on Millennium Coal Bulk Terminals Longview »

June 13th, 2016: The proposed Millennium Coal Bulk Terminal project must be denied in light of the major and unavoidable consequences for the people of Longview, rail-line communities, and the Columbia River identified in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Read the technical comments submitted by tribes, municipalities, experts and organizations.


June 13th, 2016: Residents traveling up from Longview, WA delivered public comments to the Washington Dept. of Ecology at the end of the 45 day public comment process. The agency should receive over 257,000 comments calling on the Dept. of Ecology and Cowlitz County to reject the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, WA.