Rapid and dramatic changes to oil transportation pose serious new threats to Northwest communities, economies and waterways.

Protect Washington's Waters from a 700% Increase in Oil Tankers

The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline would bring 595,000 barrels per day of dirty tar sands oil from Alberta to Vancouver BC and then ship it out through the Salish Sea between Washington and British Columbia. The result would be a 700% increase in oil tanker traffic to 400 tankers every year.

This is not the future we want for our region. Add your voice in opposition today!

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Oil companies stand to make huge profits while Northwest communities bear the risks and costs of explosive oil train derailments, a huge increase in rail traffic, and oil spills from trains, tankers and barges into our rivers, streams and coastlines.

Currently, all or most of the oil coming into our region by train is headed to refineries on the coast. But companies like Tesoro, BP and Shell have bigger plans to export millions of barrels of crude oil overseas through the Pacific Northwest. The enormous capacity to store and ship oil from proposed new terminals far outstrips the amount used by existing refineries.

Volatile Bakken oil from the Midwest and toxic and heavy tar sands oil from Canada – pose unique dangers to public health and the environment.

Tar sands oil generates much more of the pollution responsible for climate change than conventional oil and uses large amounts of energy and water to extract.

Building proposed oil export terminals would only slow the transition to a clean energy economy. We can do better!

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Across the Northwest, people are standing up and speaking out against these proposals: Tribal nations, local elected officials, businesses, emergency responders, health professionals and faith leaders. Join Stand Up To Oil and help fuel the change needed to protect our communities and waterways.

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Our Coalition

Stand Up to Oil is a growing coalition of groups opposed to new oil terminals and an increase in oil transport through the Northwest, while working to improve safety measures for oil currently traveling through the region. Core members include: Climate Solutions, Columbia Riverkeeper, Earthjustice, Forest Ethics, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Friends of the San Juans, The Lands Council, Sierra Club, Washington Environmental Council, and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

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