Tell DEQ: No Permit for Oil Trains!
Global Partners has applied for a permit to move crude oil by rail through our Oregon and Washington communities. We have until June 5th to tell the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 'NO'.
Global Partners operates an oil terminal 30 miles down the Columbia River from Portland, OR, at Port Westward in St. Helens, OR. The facility was originally built and permitted as an ethanol production plant but no ethanol was ever produced at the site. Instead, from 2012-2016 Global Partners violated its original permit by shipping crude oil brought by trains through communities in the Columbia River, Vancouver Washington, Portland, and Columbia County.
While the company later received an air permit for crude oil, they recently announced plans to only handle ethanol and begin producing the fuel at their facility. They received an air permit to do so last Fall.
But now, despite these public statements, Global Partners has once again applied for a permit to transload ethanol and crude oil by rail - a permit which would allow them to move two fully loaded, mile-long oil trains per day through our communities. That's equivalent to as much as 18-million metric tons of CO2, or 4-million new cars on the road each year.
We need your help calling on DEQ to not grant Global Partners this permit for crude oil. Global Partners must not recklessly endanger our communities, clean water, air and climate with dangerous tar sands oil. Sign your name and send DEQ a comment before the deadline on June 5th.
More information and talking points can be found here: