James River oil train derailment


A Rubber stamp for the nation's biggest oil-by-rail proposal?

Despite the growing controversy over exploding oil trains and their obvious potential for disaster, the Army Corps of Engineers intends to rubber stamp the largest oil-by-rail terminal proposed in the US using a one-size-fits-all nationwide permit.  This is unacceptable.
Let the Army Corps and our federal delegation know that the federal government should take a hard look at the impact of shipping explosive, dirty oil through the scenic Columbia Gorge from the largest oil-by-rail terminal proposed in the United States.
The State of Washington has begun its review of the terminal, prompting the cities of Vancouver, Washougal and Spokane to intervene in the process, along with the Longshore Workers Union Local 4, Columbia River tribes, and the company behind a proposed redevelopment of Vancouver's waterfront. With such an  array of entities opposing or raising concerns about this project, surely the Corps should review this project’s impacts more thoroughly.
As things now stand, the Corps may authorize the project through a Nationwide Permit, a one-size-fits-all approach typically used for maintenance work.  Instead, because the new oil terminal dramatically differs from a routine maintenance project, the Corps should require an individual Rivers & Harbors Act Section 10 Permit, which would allow the Corps to consider whether the proposed oil terminal is in the public interest.  To issue this type of permit, the Corps would prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to assess the potential safety and environmental consequences of shipping 360,000 barrels of oil daily down the Columbia River.

Let's say no. Let's stand up to big oil!

Joëlle Robinson's picture

Field Director

, Climate Solutions

Joëlle engages citizens and diverse constituencies—faith, health, veteran, youth, parents, sportsmen, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led local field work collaboration with our partners toward passing a federal climate bill, and is currently working to ensure we stop any coal export from the U.S. West Coast.

Joëlle was the Regional Outreach Coordinator of National Wildlife Federation where she focused on mobilizing hunters, anglers and concerned citizens around solutions to global warming. Previous work with Climate Solutions includes the NW Climate Connections partnership, serving as the Field Assistant for the successful Clean Cars campaign, and Field Director of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which passed in April 2006.

She is a board member of Earth Ministry and on the Advisory Board for the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative. She previously served on the Solar Washington board and Sierra Club Executive Committee.

Joëlle is a Northwest native who loves to hike, bike, dance, paraglide, and travel. Her favorite quote is “Hope is borne of participating in hopeful solutions.” — Marianne Williamson.