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.
The fundamental question is whether the State of Oregon should become a middleman for moving millions of gallons of dirty and dangerous crude oil through our communities and over the Columbia River.
- Riverkeeper’s comments to the Oregon Department of State Lands
- Riverkeeper’s comments to DEQ on the air emissions permit
- Fact sheet about Global Partners’ oil terminal at Port Westward
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