Oil trains, Everett

PAUL K ANDERSON

Don't let Big Oil take over Grays Harbor

Big oil wants to make Washington State their hub for transporting, storing, and exporting dangerous crude oil from the Bakken shale region. Three oil-by-rail export terminal proposals are being considered for Grays Harbor and two for Vancouver. One proposal would create the largest such facility in the nation.

While you may live hundreds of miles away from Vancouver or Grays Harbor, the cumulative impacts of these projects, especially the rail transportation of explosive crude, threaten the livelihood of millions of Washingtonians from Spokane to the Tri-Cities to Vancouver to Olympia to Everett to Bellingham. These proposed new oil terminals are part of efforts to transform our region into a veritable fossil fuel highway, exacerbating climate impacts.

The time is now to speak up against the proposed crude oil export terminals in Grays Harbor at one of two public hearings.  

If you can’t make it to one of the public hearings, please sign this petition to Governor Inslee today!

October 8 in Aberdeen

Public hearings are from 1:30-4:30 pm & 6:00-9:00 pm at D&R Theater, 205 South I St

Rally is at 5:00 pm at Zelasko Park, 200-252 S. F St, Aberdeen.

October 1 in Elma (If you can’t attend the rally and hearing in Aberdeen)                                      

Public hearings are from 1:30-4:30 pm & 6:00-9:00 pm at Satsop Business Park, Flextech Building, 100 Technology Way, Elma.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend one of the hearings. If you are coming from afar, we would be happy to help arrange transportation for you.

The risk of an oil spill or accident is not theoretical; we have seen oil trains explode across North America, including the tragic accident in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people in 2013. We have seen oil spills all along the rail route. And in 1988, one year before the Exxon Valdez, the Nestucca barge 231,000-gallon spill of heavy oil off Grays Harbor fouled beaches from Oregon to Vancouver Island and killed 56,000 sea birds.

If you can’t make it to one of the public hearings in Grays Harbor, you can sign this petition to Governor Inslee today!

For more information, visit: www.standuptooil.org or email us at [email protected]

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.