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The Tesoro-Savage oil-by-rail terminal proposed for Vancouver, WA is simply too risky. It would bring up to 5 fully loaded oil trains every day, 365 oil ships over the Columbia River bar each year, and facilitate over 54 million tons of greenhouse gas pollution. Tell Governor Inslee and the Port of Vancouver Commissioners to reject the largest oil terminal in North America!


Hundreds Oppose the Tesoro Savage Oil Train Terminal at Air Pollution Hearing!

On June 7th, Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council held its final major public hearing on the Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal, with over 200 attendees during the rally and 300 attendees throughout the day. Activists urged Governor Inslee and EFSEC to deny the largest proposed oil terminal in North America. EFSEC collected public comments on the draft air pollution permit for Tesoro, and was likely the public’s last chance to weigh in before EFSEC makes a final recommendation to Governor Inslee.

Read the full press releasesee more photos, and read news coverage here.

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

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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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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, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Friends of the San Juans, The Lands Council, Sierra Club, STAND, Washington Environmental Council, and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

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