Posts Tagged ‘oil-by-rail’

Voices standing up for communities and calling for an end to reckless oil trains »

August 22nd, 2017: Today, Aug. 22, 2017, Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) held its final major public hearing on the Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal, with over 150 attendees urging EFSEC to deny the largest proposed oil train terminal in North America. The hearing focused on stormwater pollution from the proposed terminal, but many people used the opportunity to urge EFSEC and Governor Jay Inslee to deny the project as a whole.



ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF OIL-BY-RAIL CATASTROPHE IN MOSIER, OR »

May 26th, 2017: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Advisory: May 26, 2017 Tribal Leaders, Elected Officials, and Local Community Members Gather June 3rd in Mosier, OR to Rally Against Oil-By-Rail WHAT: On June 3, 2016, the small town of Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge, near Hood River, made regional and national news of the most unfortunate kind. Firefighters battled for 14 [...]



Public Utilities Commission hearing on the proposed oil tank sale to Global Partners »

May 25th, 2017: [ June 13, 2017; 9:30 am; ] RSVP to attend the public hearing on June 13, 2017! Tell the Commission that risking the safety of our river and rail communities to export oil is not in the public interest today.



Oil Train Explosions: Not in the public interest. »

May 25th, 2017: The Oregon Public Utilities Commission has final say on whether Global Partners can buy massive oil storage tanks from a neighboring industrial site at Port Westward, in Clatskanie, Oregon. The Commission can stop Global Partners’ tank farm expansion if it finds the sale is not “consistent with the public interest.”



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!