WHAT: Rally to conclude month-long, trial-like hearing on the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington.
Concerned residents will gather at noon to remind Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) and state decision makers of the broad community opposition to this project. During the rally, participants will voice concerns about the impacts that the enormous oil terminal would bring.
Speakers and participants will also creatively debunk Tesoro's controversial arguments that "oil spills create jobs," and "a fishing closure is a good thing."
At the 1pm hearing, members of the public will be invited to provide comments to EFSEC. Already, EFSEC has received thousands of pages and hours of live testimony providing powerful arguments from cities, tribes, members of the public, and even state agencies urging the Council to deny Tesoro’s dangerous oil terminal.
WHEN: Friday, July 29, 2016, rally at noon. Hearing begins at 9 AM, public testimony begins at 1 PM.
WHERE: Clark College Conference Center, 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver WA 98683. (Please note: Not on Clark College main campus)
- Mosier Mayor, Arlene Burns
- Skamania Rural Fire District 4, Tim Young
- Camas Pastor Richenda Fairhurst
- Vancouver 101, Small Businesses, Don Orange
- Hough Neighborhood, Den Mark Wichar
- Emcee: Dan Serres, Columbia Riverkeeper
Visuals: Over 100 people are expected to pack the hearing and rally outside with colorful signs, banners, and speakers.
If built, the Tesoro Savage oil terminal would be the largest oil export facility in North America. Oil transport poses serious threats to the health and safety of people, the local economy, rivers, and the climate.
EFSEC is responsible for providing a recommendation to Governor Inslee on the proposal. As part of their decision-making, EFSEC conducted a quasi-judicial proceeding from June 27 to July 29, 2016. The review included trial-like elements with briefs filed, expert testimony, and cross examination in Vancouver and Olympia. The proceeding is closing in Vancouver with a public hearing on the afternoon of July 29, 2016.
· Excerpts from pre-hearing testimony
STAND UP TO OIL is a growing coalition of groups opposed to new oil terminals and an increase in oil transport through the Northwest. Learn more at Standuptooil.org.