Big oil didn’t want this to happen (but it did)
July 20, 2015

We're getting somewhere. Thanks to public pressure, there's a new opportunity for Washington to stand in the way of what would be the nation's largest crude oil terminal. The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) are seeking public comment on whether to issue or deny permits for Tesoro Savage’s oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, Washington. The Corps is also seeking input on whether to prepare a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Comment today!

The agencies are doing this because the public spoke out and demanded a say. Let’s make sure we make the most of it. 

If built, Tesoro Savage would be the nation’s largest crude oil terminal. It would bring 360,000 barrels of oil down the Columbia Gorge and into Vancouver each day, more than half the total refining capacity in the state. Tell the Corps and EFSEC this project is too dangerous. We won’t risk our water quality, endangered salmon, and communities. Comment today!

Reducing our use of oil is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Building such a huge crude oil facility in our state is a terrible idea.  Let’s use our resources to expand the use of electric vehicles, use less polluting fuels, and create walkable, transit friendly communities. 

This public comment period is just the beginning of opportunities for us to stand up to the oil industry. Stay tuned for more information on public hearings in Grays Harbor, Skagit County, and Vancouver in the upcoming months. Together we can hold the oil industry accountable and build the future we want here in the Pacific Northwest. 

Start now by submitting comments to the Corps and EFSEC on Tesoro Savage!


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Joëlle Robinson

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.