Oil Transport & Storage


An oil train derails in Mosier, OR in June 2016 near the Mosier Community School

Oregon PSR's Healthy Climate Program works to protect Oregon and Pacific Northwest communities from the serious health risks posed by oil storage and transport in our region. Oil transport by rail and sea poses grave health risks including tanker explosions, spills, water and air pollution, and contribution to climate change-related disasters and diseases. Pacific Northwest oil-by-rail shipments have increased enormously since 2012 due to development of Bakken oil fields in Canada and North Dakota and the location of oil refineries on the West Coast.

Oregon PSR Member Dr. Theodora Tsongas Testimony to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery Air Permit Application (7/31/19)

Oregon PSR Member Dr. Patricia Kullberg Testimony to Portland City Council on the Zenith Oil Terminal in NW Portland (7/15/19)

As Oil Trains Roll into Portland, City Residents Keep Watch (3/13/19)

Activists Protest Portland Oil Train Terminal Expansion (3/13/19)

Group Holds Rally at Portland City Hall to Protest Expansion of Oil Train Terminal Along Willamette River (3/13/19)

Oil Talks: Port Approves Global Partners Lease Exchange (12/12/18)

Celebrating Victory Over Big Oil (4/4/18)

EFSEC Issues Final Report Unanimously Rejecting Oil Terminal (12/20/17)

Washington State Energy Council Recommends Denial of Tesoro Savage Vancouver Oil Terminal (11/28/17)

Excerpts from Holcombe Waller's "Notes From the Riverkeepers" A Musical Homily on Oil Trains (September/October 2017)

Mosier Project Denied Again to Protect Tribal Rights (6/13/17)

Vancouver City Council Votes Unanimously to Prohibit Future Oil Projects (7/19/16)

View the Vancouver City Council Resolution (and Supporting Documents) Prohibiting Future Oil Projects (7/18/16)

Portland City, County Leaders Call On Governor to Help Stop Oil Trains (6/14/16 article)

Multnomah County Resolution Opposing Oil-by-Rail and Tesoro Savage Project (adopted 1/21/16)

Multnomah County Passes Unanimous Historic Resolution Opposing Oil Trains and Tesoro Savage Project (1/21/16 press release)

Portland City Council Passes Resolution Opposing New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure (11/11/15 press release)

Portland City Council Resolution Opposing New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Portland City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Oil Trains (11/4/15)

Experts Flag Major Risks of Crude-by-Rail, Criticize Official Study of Impacts (Tesoro Savage)

Briefing: Oil-by-Rail Cargo Movement in Multnomah County

Health Professional Sign-on Letter on Oil Transport and Storage