At least a half dozen new or expanded oil terminals have been proposed for a number of environmentally sensitive locations in the Northwest, including the mouth of the Columbia River. Most receive oil by rail and transfer it to ships. Many are intended to serve California refineries, but the lifting of the oil export ban will allow them to be used to export oil to Asia when oil prices rise.
The coalition Stand Up to Oil, Communities Fueling Change, formed this summer, has grown into a powerhouse representing some of the most influential environmental organizations in America, including Moving Forward Network member Earthjustice. They are dedicated to stopping these dirty, dangerous oil terminals from being built.
To learn more, watch the video, or check out these resources below:
Activists in Pacific Northwest Face Off Against Largest Oil-By-Rail Terminal in North America, Truth-Out
Crude Oil Terminals in Washington, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Dirty and Dangerous Crude Oil Terminals Proposed in
Grays Harbor (PDF), Washington Audubon Society
Oil by Rail, Columbia Riverkeeper