The worst thing about the vote to lift of the crude oil export ban last month is that it puts dozens more towns and communities in the path of dangerous bomb train shipments of crude oil by rail. Now that Big Oil companies can sell the more-explosive Bakken and Tar Sands crude anywhere in the world, they're rushing hundreds of new shipments of this dirty stuff towards our coasts every day. That's why we needed 2016 to commence with renewed energy and a revolutionary fervor to reject fossil fuels and resist climate change - And I saw just that first hand yesterday in Vancouver, Washington at one of the best anti-oil rallies I have ever attended.
Check out my whole report in the blog now!
And then sign on here to make 2016 the year we ban bomb trains and keep extreme oil in the ground for good!
Tesero Corporation and Savage Companies (Tesero-Savage) have applied to build the largest oil train facility in the country just along the Columbia River. The facility would handle 360,000 barrels of oil per day (over 15 million gallons) and require, at minimum, four one mile-and-a-half long trains each day — that’s over six billion gallons of oil per year traveling in 43,000 train cars. Tesero-Savage recently completed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed facility, which is currently under review by the State of Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Committee (EFSEC) who will eventually recommend Governor Jay Inslee to approve or reject the project.
They held a public hearing yesterday, and if the people who attended are any indication of the type of activism to expect in 2016, it’s gonna be a very good year. Halfway through the hearing I got to take part in a rally organized by a coalition of friends from great organizations like Climate Solutions, Friends of Colombia Gorge, Forest Ethics and Washington Conservation Voters. But the real leaders of this coalition are representatives of First Citizens like the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Read all about our action in the blog, and then sign on here to make 2016 the year we ban bomb trains and keep extreme oil in the ground for good!
Anthony and the ban-the-bomb-trains crew at Environmental Action