Take Action! YOUR voice matters.
The risks we face are not theoretical.
Oil companies are trying to expand their Northwest operations, putting our North Idaho communities at risk from huge increases in rail traffic, explosive oil train derailments and oil spills. And with each additional project, they add to the problem of carbon pollution and climate disruption.
Dangerous types of oil – volatile Bakken crude from the Midwest and toxic tar sands oil from Canada – pose unique dangers to public health and the health of the environment. Unchecked, the oil industry will turn our region into a thoroughfare for crude oil with terminal proposals that impact the Northwest, the country and the world.
This is not the future we want. Make your voice heard today as we stand up to Big Oil. Right now, we have an opportunity to say no to the oil industry’s proposed expansion through our region; but we need your voice. There are three public comment periods underway to evaluate the risks of two terminals in Grays Harbor, WA (Westway and Imperium terminal proposals) and one terminal in Anacortes, WA (Shell Puget Sound Refinery). Our job is to let the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Cities of Hoquiam and Skagit know that we understand the risks we face with these oil industry proposals – and that we don’t think they’re worth it.
Big Oil wants to send as much dangerous crude by rail through North Idaho as it conceivably can, with no regard to the the dangers these proposals will bring into our backyards including threats to our water and air quality, delayed emergency response, increased traffic delays and stress to our local economy.
The time is now to speak up against proposed crude oil export terminals. The public comment period for the Westway and Imperium Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) ends on November 30th. The public comment period for Shell’s scoping process to determine what factors to analyze and what extent they will be considered in their EIS ends November 5th.
The risks we face are not theoretical. We remember the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster in Quebec —a derailment and explosion that killed 47 people on July 5, 2013. Local elected officials and decision makers need to know the truth about the impacts before they make decisions that will affect you. Big Oil will be pressing the whole time to keep the analysis quick and surface-level. Your comment will help counter that pressure.
Please use the public comment templates posted on the right to help you craft your own comment letters to submit to the WA Department of Ecology and the Cities of Hoquiam and Skagit.
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