Friends, Coalition Partners Deliver 1.3 Million Comments Against Coal and Oil Transport

Friends, Coalition Partners Deliver 1.3 Million Comments Against Coal and Oil Transport
Rally on the Washington Capitol steps in Olympia before the petition deliveries. (photographer: Ryan Rittenhouse)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Today, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Power Past Coal (PPC) and Stand Up To Oil (SUTO) coalitions celebrate gathering 1.3 million comments against oil trains, oil terminals and coal exports through the Northwest. Friends, PPC and SUTO held a rally today in Olympia on the Capitol steps and then presented the signatures to the Washington Governor’s office.

This summer, Governor Jay Inslee can weigh in to block the Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver and Washington’s Department of Ecology can deny permits for coal export in Longview. Now is the time for decision-makers to act to deny permits for these terminals and protect the Columbia River Gorge from coal and oil trains and they need to hear from you!

The next chance for you to weigh in to stop Tesoro’s massive oil-by-rail terminal is now. The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) is accepting comments and holding a hearing on the air pollution permits for the proposed Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal. Please attend the hearing in Vancouver on June 7 (view hearing details) and speak out against siting the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the North America on the banks of the Columbia River!

Oil train terminals are major sources of toxic air pollution. Tesoro would release smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), diesel exhaust, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and other pollutants linked to increased cancer rates. Tesoro Savage is tries to downplay this impact. Here’s where you come in: Tell EFSEC not to sacrifice the health of Columbia River Gorge, Vancouver’s residents, schoolchildren, and businesses for Tesoro’s massive oil-by- rail scheme.

Sample Public Comment

Re: Deny Tesoro Savage Air Pollution Permit
Chair Lynch and Members of EFSEC:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.  I am deeply concerned about the safety, public health, environmental, and economic impacts of the Tesoro Savage (“Vancouver Energy”) oil terminal proposed in Vancouver, Washington. Roughly one year after an oil train derailed, spilled, and burned in the small town of Mosier, Oregon, I have not forgotten that oil trains are reckless. Since the derailment, I have also learned that the oil trains and terminal will routinely pollute the air in the Columbia River Gorge, and the Vancouver-Portland metro area. EFSEC should deny the air pollution permit because:

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