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OIL in Washington State
While Nebraska and the rest of the Midwest remain at risk from the depredations that would be inflicted by the Keystone XL pipelline, the Great Northwest is still at risk of becoming the rail and shipping hub for billions more pounds of greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuels. While we have successfully blocked or delayed construction of coal terminals, there are also plans to build port facilities for oil and natural gas on the Pacific shores of the State of Washington. Since the continued burning of fossil fuels will only worsen the climate crisis and make dirty weather events more likely here and around the world, we have to act fast and effectively to block these projects as well. There are three proposals for oil terminals in Grays Harbor (near Aberdeen, WA). Two of them are being combined into joint hearings and public comment time. This is similar to the coal train scoping hearings but is much smaller, almost like the authorities are trying to keep it under the radar. The folks at Hoquiam are doing a great job but there is fear that the Centralia hearing will have low attendance. These terminals along with all of the other proposed oil by rail projects will make the NW the site of a KXL by rail.
We need as many people as possible to attend these hearings and even more to send in public comments. You have to send in either by snail mail or through web site.
To post a public comment, please visit:
Comments will be accepted until May 27th. If at all possible, please attend a hearing so that the Department of Ecology knows that the people of Washington reject these new proposals for oil terminals. Here are the dates for the scoping hearings concerning the two proposals in Hoquiam.
Meetings are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with public comment beginning at 6 p.m. You do not need to be present the entire time.
April 24: Hoquiam
High School Commons, 501 West Emerson Ave.
April 29: Centralia High School Commons, 813 Eshom Road.
More Information for your comments or testimony: Oil is Bakken crude fracked in North Dakota – expanded capacity could also serve as infrastructure to move Canadian tar sands. Oil spills and train explosions are serious threats.
Currently, there are 10 proposals in Oregon and Washington which would raise the capacity to 785,000 barrels per day with 11 loaded trains carrying this highly flammable fossil fuel.
Imperium Renewal:- 70.000 barrels per day – 1 loaded train per day
Westway- 26,300 barrels per day – 1 loaded train every two days
US Development (not in the scoping
50,000 barrels per day – just under 1 loaded train per day