If you’re looking for some inspiring news, you’ve come to the right place! Energy company Tesoro-Savage attempted to build North America’s largest oil export terminal in Vancouver, Washington … and grassroots activists weren’t having any of it.
Thousands of activists, including environmentalists, community organizers, union leaders, and Native American tribes in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia dedicated themselves for years to speak out against the project, and Governor Jay Inslee recently rejected Tesoro’s proposal himself. Thanks to their persistence, the Port of Vancouver has now officially terminated the oil company’s lease!
This exciting victory follows in a string of fossil fuel projects to be canned across the Pacific Northwest, Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law organization notes. With the help of Earthjustice, activists were able to successfully reject multiple attempts for big oil to set up in the lush, green region.
The proposed oil export terminal would have handled an estimated 360,000 barrels of oil per day that would be delivered by diesel-powered, mile-and-a-half-long trains. Grassroots activists were concerned about the terminal and trains’ air pollution, as well as the potential environmental damage that would happen if one of the trains had an accident. In the nearby town of Mosier, Oregon, for instance, 14 oil train cars derailed in 2016. There was also the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster in 2013, which killed 47 people. Not only is big oil bad for people, there is also the fact that it’s directly tied to destroying eco-systems. But as the dedicated activists in the Pacific Northwest prove: you can fight a huge dirty energy project and win!
“At first, many people thought these were quixotic battles against Big Oil that we couldn’t win. Now, thanks to the tremendous, diverse local opposition, people across our region feel empowered to fight for their vision of their community, one that doesn’t bend to corporate greed,” said Kristen Boyles, one of the Earthjustice attorneys.
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