Stopping New Terminals and Pipelines

Oil terminals make poor neighbors. People living near the proposed terminals would be exposed to some of the same problems as neighbors of existing refineries including air pollution, safety risks, odor, and noise.

Since its founding in 2015, the Stand Up To Oil campaign has stopped eight out of eight proposed terminals in the Pacific Northwest.

However, the Pacific Northwest remains a key target for the oil industry, but the battle is shifting away from major new terminal proposals toward conversions of existing infrastructure into crude export facilities and diversification of refining operations into new products.

Click on the map to the right to see where the terminals are located across the Pacific Northwest >>

Current Projects

Washington

TACOMA US OIL – The Tacoma US Oil facility is a refinery that was previously locally owned and was recently bought by an international oil company with the intention of increasing oil shipments out of state and/or internationally. The associated increased vessel traffic and risk of a spill poses an unacceptable threat to the health and safety of the Puget Sound region. The Stand Up To Oil coalition is working to ensure any expansion will go through a stringent environmental review, and is also working to protect Tacoma from expanded fossil fuel facilities through stronger land use codes. (hyperlink)

PHILLIPS 66 AT CHERRY POINT – The Phillips 66 project at Cherry Point in Whatcom County attempted to expand the facility’s storage capacity. Earlier this year, the Stand Up To Oil coalition weighed in on the permit and pushed for strong requirements to ensure any tank expansion will not be used for crude oil export.

Oregon

ZENITH (PORTLAND, OR) – Zenith Energy is expanding shipments of heavy tar sands crude at its Willamette River facility in Portland to one or more trains per week. Mile-long trains transporting tar sands oil to Portland would travel along the Columbia River. Despite the City of Portland’s opposition to crude oil trains and efforts to legislate against new fossil fuel infrastructure, Zenith began building new rail unloading infrastructure to handle heavy oil in early 2018.  Learn more about tar sands and Zenith’s dangerous plans.

GLOBAL PARTNERS (PORT WESTWARD, OR) – In 2013, Global Partners bought the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery at Port Westward on the Columbia River. Without public input, Global quietly transitioned the facility from an ethanol facility into a crude oil terminal. In 2017 and 2018, Global took significant steps towards re-starting and expanding shipments of crude oil. Despite strong opposition from people in Columbia County and uprail communities along the Columbia River, Global continues to push for expanded oil train shipments, oil storage capacity, and more oil tankers on the Columbia River. Read more about Global Partners here.

Canada

TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE – The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project would bring in 890,000 barrels of crude oil per day across Canada and out through the international Salish Sea waters in oil tankers. In 2019, the Canadian government formally approved an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, ignoring risks to native people, climate, and the Salish Sea. The Trans Mountain expansion is expected to result in a massive increase in oil tankers, further endangering the Southern Resident orca population, and increasing the risk of a catastrophic oil spill of heavy diluted bitumen. The Stand Up To Oil campaign is supporting the Trans Mountain Pipeline fight in British Columbia as much as we can from our side of the border, and closely tracking the Puget Sound Pipeline spur, a pipeline connecting the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to Washington’s four northern refineries. We are supporting BC First Nations’ work organizing and fundraising for a new wave of legal action, and putting public pressure on the insurers of the pipeline to drop the project.

Victories

  • Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal (Vancouver, WA)
  • NuStar Energy (Vancouver, WA)
  • Westway Terminal Company (Grays Harbor, WA)
  • Imperium Renewables/Renewable Energy Group (Grays Harbor, WA)
  • U.S. Development Group (Grays Harbor, WA)
  • Shell Oil (Anacortes, WA)

Read more about all the campaign victories here.