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.

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


Crude Oil Rail Line Buffers in Multnomah County, Oregon. Source: Multnomah County Office of Sustainability, January 2016