For Immediate Release: October 9, 2015
Stand Up To Oil coalition statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote today to lift the crude oil export ban:
“We strongly oppose lifting the crude oil export ban – the result of which would be increased oil transport in the Northwest, putting our communities and waterways at greater risk.
Lifting the crude oil export ban is bad policy – it would spur a massive increase in oil-by-rail traffic and needlessly increase risks to our health, economy, communities and climate. The fact that the House took this vote even after President Obama threatened to veto any attempt at lifting the export ban illustrates how out of touch their priorities are.
We thank the following representatives for standing strong in the face of oil industry pressure: Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Jim McDermott, and Adam Smith. We encourage our northwest senators to stand strong in the face of this oil industry’s attempt to lift this decades-oil ban.”
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.