Environment

Oil Terminal Fuels Vancouver Protest

OPB | July 27, 2013 3:36 p.m. | Updated: July 27, 2013 5:38 p.m. | Vancouver, WA

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Hundreds of people came to Vancouver’s waterfront today for a sun-baked demonstration against the fossil fuel
industry, and its projects in the Northwest.

The rally and march, organized by Portland Rising Tide, drew marchers from as far away as Benton County, Oregon and Olympia, Washington, with concerns about a range of processing and transportation projects.

The rally and march, organized by Portland Rising Tide, drew marchers from as far away as Benton County, Oregon and Olympia, Washington, with concerns about a range of processing and transportation projects.

April Baer / Oregon Public Broadcasting

The climate change advocates 350.org  organized a national day of action around a broad range of fossil fuels. But the Port of Vancouver’s recent decision approving a train-to-tanker-ship oil terminal for West Coast refineries added grist for protestors like Pat Douglass of Vancouver. She’s not happy about the oil terminal project, and wants to
stop encouraging fossil fuel industries.

“I think to ask individuals on their own to make changes is one part of the answer,” Douglass said. “But part of our power is to stop the transport.”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Friday the state will not prejudge the extensive permitting process lying ahead for the terminal. But he added it’s important for the petroleum company Tesoro to answer questions about the safety at its proposed facility.

A floatilla of boats and kayaks took to the river, in a symbolic blockage of the river to fossil fuel exports.

A floatilla of boats and kayaks took to the river, in a symbolic blockage of the river to fossil fuel exports.

April Baer / Oregon Public Broadcasting

The activists spent part of the protest marshalling their forces for several upcoming permit reviews. One canvasser held clipboards out for passing protestors, smiling as he said, “We’ve got public comment cards, available for people to sign.”

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