Crude oil shipments poised to take over Northwest railways
Oil companies want to ship massive quantities of crude oil to Oregon and Washington ports and refineries. Read Sightline Institute’s The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails for a comprehensive, region-wide review of all the oil-by-rail projects planned or currently operating in the Northwest.
Watch a September 5, 2013 investigative report from NBC News on how unsafe the crude oil trains are that roll through our communities everyday: Danger on the tracks: Unsafe rail cars carry oil through US towns
Of the Northwest’s proposed oil-by-rail projects, the largest is at the Port of Vancouver. In summer 2013, the Port approved a lease agreement with Tesoro Savage to ship up to a staggering 360,000 barrels of crude oil each day along the Columbia River. The proposed oil terminal would require at least four, mile-and-a-half long unit trains per day. For communities along the Columbia and rail line, the consequences of a project of this magnitude are staggering.
Tesoro Savage now must get approval from Governor Inslee because the quantity of oil proposed 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. Sign our petition urging the Governor to take a hard look at the project’s impacts and deny the proposal. Hundreds rally and attend October 29th hearing to ask EFSEC and Governor Inslee to reject the massive oil terminal proposed at Port of Vancouver
- Riverkeeper’s fact sheet on the Tesoro Savage Project
- Riverkeeper’s overview of the EFSEC process
- Riverkeeper and partners challenge Port’s closed-door decision on oil lease
With little public involvement, a company called Global Partners has now started exporting oil from Port Westward near Clatskanie, Oregon. Oil trains from the Bakken formation, in North Dakota, travel through the Columbia River Gorge, Portland, and St. Helens among many other cities on the way to the export terminal. Now, Global Partners seeks a permit to rebuild a large dock to export more oil.
See letters submitted by Riverkeeper regarding proposed rezone:
- First Letter to Planning Commission
- Second Letter to Planning Commission
- Third Letter to Planning Commission
- Final Letter to Planning Commission
- Letter to Columbia County Board of Commissioners
Contact Dan Serres, Riverkeeper’s Conservation Director, at email@example.com with any questions or comments related to any of Northwest oil-by-rail proposals OR if you’d like to get involved.