Posts Tagged ‘oil-by-rail’

Oil Train Bills Gain Steam: Press Briefing & Hearing Monday, 3/13 »

March 13th, 2017: Legislators, elected leaders from the Columbia River Gorge, physicians, and fishers will join conservation groups on March 13, 2017, to hold a press briefing in support of strong legislation to bolster Oregon’s rules for oil trains and strengthen Oregon’s review process for oil terminals. In the wake of the June 3, 2016 Mosier oil train derailment, the group is concerned about major public health, safety, and environmental risks of crude oil trains.



**NEW** Oregon Legislature Oil-By-Rail Bill Announced »

March 11th, 2017: Together, we will be urging the House Committee on Energy & Environment to support these bills. Oregonians: Help us send a message: click here to urge your legislator to support HB 2131 and HB 3344.



Port Punts on Dangerous Crude Oil Terminal Decision, Governor Inslee Still Has Final Call »

March 7th, 2017: Today in a 2-1 vote, the Port of Vancouver Commission allowed its lease for the Tesoro Savage oil terminal to extend for an additional three months, despite growing pressure on the Port to pull the plug on the languishing, unpopular proposal. Tesoro Savage has proposed the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America, capable of shipping 360,000 barrels of crude oil each day. Already, the Cities of Vancouver, Washougal, and Spokane, Columbia River Treaty tribes, ILWU Local 4, Vancouver’s Waterfront Development Project, the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson have called on Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) to recommend denial.



Defending Columbia River Communities from Union Pacific Railroad Expansion »

January 23rd, 2017: “Columbia River communities are under siege from massive fossil fuel infrastructure projects that threaten our water and safety. Union Pacific’s track expansion is part of the effort to turn the Columbia River into a fossil fuel highway,” said Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper. “We look forward to defending Columbia River communities from Union Pacific’s highly unpopular project.”



Oil Train Legislation »

January 11th, 2017: We are heartened to see Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney take up the critical public safety issue of dangerous oil trains in Oregon. On June 3, 2016, a Union Pacific oil train derailed in Mosier, spilling oil that burned and polluted the Columbia River. The Mosier derailment could easily have destroyed the town and injured or killed people. Oregon is overdue to take every measure possible to protect our vulnerable towns, rivers, and fishing sites near oil trains.



Creative Strategies to Tackle Oil Trains »

October 26th, 2016: In Portland and Mosier, activists are lending their energy and creativity to two efforts to stop an increase in dangerous oil trains. Learn about upcoming events in Portland where you can plug in to the fight against reckless oil trains!



Public Vote on Oil Trains & Terminals – Multnomah County »

January 12th, 2016: [ January 21, 2016; 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. ] Thursday, January 21, 2016: Multnomah County Commissioners are voting next week to stand with the cities of Portland and Vancouver, and the 100,000 people who already oppose the dangerous Tesoro Savage oil terminal on the Columbia River. Will you be there for this historic county moment?



Vancouver Oil Proposal Downplays Threat »

October 18th, 2015: “The Columbian” released a memo from last December about the Tesoro-Savage proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver revealing deep concern from EFSEC. Read more here.



22k Barrel/Day Oil Terminal Proposed in Vancouver, WA to Prepare EIS Outlining Risks »

October 6th, 2015: City of Vancouver correctly determined that NuStar's oil terminal would probably have a significant negative impact on the Columbia River and communities along it. Vancouver and its citizens will now have the opportunity to thoroughly study and explain the risks of NuStar's proposal. If the risks of oil spills, explosions, fires, and toxic air emissions cannot be reduced to safe and acceptable levels, the city can reject NuStar's project.



There’s More: Oil Refinery Backers Seek to Add Crude-by-Rail & LPG Terminal »

August 29th, 2015: The Columbia River is now the most threatened river in the nation from crude oil trains and tankers. The newly disclosed terminal, called Washington Energy Storage & Transfer (WEST), would receive 164,000 barrels per day from Alberta tar sands or the Bakken formation in North Dakota, and load the crude on to ocean-going tankers to sail over the notoriously dangerous Columbia River bar.