Don’t Expose Port to Oil Pollution

Target: Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes,

Goal: Block the construction of planned oil export facility in Vancouver, Washington

Nestled along the north bank of the Columbia River in Washington, the city of Vancouver (not to be mistaken with its Canadian counterpart 300 miles to the north) is a picturesque locale ranked by Money Magazine as one of the top 100 places in America to live. It is this idyllic location that has unfortunately drawn the attentions of oil conglomerate Tesoro. As the area would grant access to both the ocean and Columbia River, Tesoro seeks to transform the port of Vancouver into one of the West Coast’s largest oil ports.

This would be a completely unacceptable impingement upon Vancouver and other outlying communities. As a massive oil port, Tesoro intends to ship as many as 360,000 barrels of crude oil along the Columbia River every day. This would lead to the release of over 56 million metric tons of carbon pollution every year. That pollution would be assuming no unintended incidents occur, something that is a rarity in the oil industry. Recently, over 50 people were killed in a Quebec town named Lac-Megantic when a train carrying the same type of oil intended to be shipped through Vancouver derailed and exploded. The historic precedent of major oil-industry hubs is one of environmental pollution, something that must not be brought to Vancouver.

This city is known for being a major force in renewable energy solutions, serving as the leading shipper of wind turbine components. Allowing Tesoro to make this city into the oil capital of the West Coast would betray everything the city stands for. Just as the citizens of Vancouver spoke out against a coal port proposition three years ago, the same must be done for this proposed oil port to ensure Tesoro can never destroy what makes Vancouver, Washington so great.


Dear City Manager Holmes,

Ever since its virtues were espoused by Meriweather Lews in describing the area as “the only desired situation for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains” the city of Vancouver has long been associated with being a tremendous example of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver has remained idyllic over the ensuing years, earning a ranking as one of the top 100 places in America to live by Money Magazine. It would be tragic to allow anything to mar this picturesque location, as would be the case were the interests of oil conglomerate Tesoro to come to pass.

Tesoro’s intent, as it has been proposed, involves the construction of a massive oil port that would be among the largest along the entire U.S. West Coast. This port would seek to ship as many as 360,000 barrels of crude oil along the Columbia River every day. This oil has the potential to create over 56 metric tons of carbon pollution annually. This pollution would only comprise that which would occur if the port operates without incident, something that is a considerable rarity in the oil industry. The chances would be quite high of accidents such as that involving a crude-oil carrying train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec which killed over fifty people and displaced hundreds.

This would be a tragic transformation for Vancouver from its very essence. It would convert the city into a pollutive industrial hub. This runs entirely contrary to the city’s current status as a leader in renewable energy solutions. This must not be allowed to happen; Tesoro must not be granted the capacity to destroy Vancouver with a massive oil port.


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