EFSEC Comment Period for Tesoro Savage Project

Washington and Oregon are at a crossroads. On the Columbia River, we are at ground zero in the fight to protect our way of life from dirty fossil fuel projects. Tesoro Savage wants to build the region’s largest pipeline-on-wheels project based out of Vancouver, Washington.

Tesoro Savage now must get approval from Governor Inslee because the quantity of oil proposed to be shipped is so large. The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will make a recommendation to the Governor on the unprecedented project and, then, the Governor will make the final decision to deny or approve the terminal. Help us send a strong message to Governor Inslee and EFSEC: reject Tesoro Savage’s dirty oil project.

Comment period extended! All comments must be received by EFSEC by 5PM on December 18, 2013. Submit your comments directly to:

Stephen Posner
Interim EFSEC Manager
Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
PO Box 43172
1300 S Evergreen Park Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98504-3172
efsec@utc.wa.gov

 

Read the comments submitted by Riverkeeper and allies about the scope of the review for the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal. Thanks to the excellent legal team at Earthjustice for their work on this.

 

Photo by Trip Jennings

Photo by Trip Jennings

Here’s a rundown of the Tesoro Savage proposal:

  • Tesoro Savage proposes transporting 360,000 barrels of crude oil along the Columbia River by rail and then ships. This would involve at least four, mile-and-a-half long trains every day. We’re talking about roughly half the amount of oil proposed in the controversial Keystone XL project.
  • The terminal would receive oil, or any other petroleum product, via trains passing through downtown Spokane, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the City of Vancouver, and other cities on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line.
  •  This project is so big that Governor Inslee will make the final decision to deny or approve the terminal. The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will make a recommendation to the Governor.

 

 

 

 


6 Responses to “EFSEC Comment Period for Tesoro Savage Project”

  1. Barbara Pikus says:

    The Columbia River Gorge is a priceless environmental treasure. It is a priceless tourist destination that can earn countless tourist dollars generations into the future. NOT if it becomes a sludge of toxic water from the giant tankers that will INEVITABLY spill their loads…..they always do at some point. Then they have to cross the Bar to get to the ocean – an exceedingly dangerous passage.

    The rail cars moving this oil will pass within yards of residences, farm fields, orchards, towns and cities on aging tracks in aging railcars. “Mishaps” never happen with the railroad, do they? Agriculture is the major industry of Oregon, NOT oil.

    None of the above yet addresses the stunningly monumental, permanently, hideously destroyed landscape of Alberta, Canada where this so-called “resource” is extracted. It’s destroying the pristine Boreal Forest, destroying water and using vast amounts of “fracked” gas in its extraction. This is a disaster of global proportions.

    This project must be stopped in its tracks!

    • Jack White says:

      Hi:

      All other considerations notwithstanding, the one factor that seems not to be considered is the fact that energy is short in anything like the medium run and time is long. We will run short of oil remarkably soon which should tell us to keep the oil for ourselves and our progeny. Selling the oil now just because we can produce it a little faster that it can be used is the height of folly. Selling our oil now is an investment in longer yachts and larger estates for the CEOs of a few companies, while it is approaching yet more closely the approaching oil shortage disaster looming in the near future. Please recall that the planet can run out of oil only once for all time, and time is long.

      Jack White

  2. Janice Munsey says:

    I am opposed to the Tesoro Savage oil shipment terminal in Vancouver. To expose our Columbia River Gorge to the very real possibility of an oil spill is the height of irresponsibility. Please, please stop this project in its tracks!

  3. Chris Bekemeier says:

    I am strongly opposed to the proposed Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal in Vancouver, WA. The environmental impact on our planet is serious. We must act NOW to do everything we can at every level to slow the speed of climate change. It is our responsibility to preserve and protect our planet. We must stop investing in building more coal terminals and increase our focus on alternative energies. Thank you.

  4. Bonnie Beadles-Bohling says:

    I am strongly opposed to the proposed Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal in Vancouver, WA. The environmental impact on our planet is serious. We must act NOW to do everything we can at every level to slow the speed of climate change. It is our responsibility to preserve and protect our planet. We must stop investing in building more coal terminals and increase our focus on alternative energies. Thank you.

  5. Katharine Cotrell says:

    Please let your network know that nowhere near enough public comments have been filed. Give them this link and urge them to act! Thank you all for that.

    In the best of scenarios, where no spills or explosions ever occur, this project is another nail in the coffin for the planet because it will carry tar sands oil from the Bakken and probably Alberta too. In the worst case, the damage to our beloved local environment could never be adequately undone.

    Stop the madness.