WASHINGTON STATE needs to hear from YOU! You do not need to be a resident of Washington State to submit a comment to their Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, after all, the Columbia River is a national treasure and resource, it belongs to all of us. Please join the League of Conservation Voters fighting against tesoro savage's proposed oil terminal in the Columbia River, click the link, sign the petition , and add your own comments if you like, here's mine.
"Washington State is rapidly moving away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable sources to meet our energy needs and respond to global warming.
Building the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America is the wrong path to meet today's energy needs and an economic gamble for Vancouver and communities along the Columbia River. I urge you to stop these dirty and dangerous projects and reject the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal.
The risk to the health and safety of the people of Washington State as well as those in states the oil will be transported through, the risk of permanent environmental damage to the great Columbia River and other areas of the West, and the hypocrisy of exporting dirty fossil fuels after the Paris Conference on climate change should be enough to deny Tesoro Savage permission for their oil terminal. Any energy and energy technology we export should be clean, renewable, sustainable and provide more jobs for Americans and not just increase the profit margins of another big oil company. Please tell Tesoro Savage their application for their oil terminal is denied!"
Take action to stop a dangerous oil terminal in the Northwest now »
Right now, there’s a major fight against Big Oil in the Northwest — a fight that could have a devastating impact on our environment if we lose.
Oil giant Tesoro Savage wants to ship a staggering 360,000 barrels of oil per day through its proposed terminal in Vancouver, WA. This means dangerous oil trains carrying explosive crude oil through communities across the West and oil tankers transporting oil down the Columbia River, threatening our air, water, health, and climate.
So here’s where you can make a difference:
Ultimately, the decision will be made by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. Right now, we need to demonstrate to his advisory council, the ones making the recommendation to the Governor, that there is overwhelming opposition to it. Let’s flood his council, the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, with comments expressing our opposition and concern. This way they will be forced to consider the impacts on our air and water, our environmental ecosystems, and our climate before moving forward.
Add your name: Tell government officials to protect our environment by rejecting the proposed oil terminal »
The Washington Energy Council recently released its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), which shows the problems and risks posed by the Tesoro Savage terminal. Even with its flaws, the DEIS describes the significant and unavoidable impacts that this terminal and its dangerous oil trains and tankers ships would cause.
For example, if the Tesoro Savage terminal is built, an oil train derailment is expected once every two years! The DEIS exposes the risks of oil spills into the Columbia River, the dangers of building such a terminal in an earthquake zone, traffic impacts from train crossings, public health concerns, and the massive amount of climate change pollution — significant on a global scale — that this terminal would cause.
Worse yet, if Big Oil succeeds in winning approval for this terminal in the Northwest, they could be emboldened to move forward with other dirty energy projects around the country. That’s why we need to stop them in their tracks right here, right now.
Please, don’t wait — send an urgent message to government officials before the January 22 deadline. Tell them to reject the Tesoro Savage oil terminal »
We’ve already seen that when activists like you speak out on issues like this, it works. No one thought we could stop the dangerous Keystone XL pipeline, but thanks to the countless emails, phone calls, rallies and more, we scored a huge win for our environment. Together, we can strike another major blow against Big Oil’s dirty energy plans. So please add your voice today.
Director of Digital Strategy
League of Conservation Voters