Case Study: Vancouver oil-by-rail

Columbia Riverkeeper works with people in dozens of communities—from rural to urban—who share the same goals: Protect the health of their families and the places they love. 

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CASE STUDY: VANCOUVER OIL-BY-RAIL 

Protest, Olympia, Washington, 1 million voices against coal and oil, photo by Kristi Nakata
Protest: In Olympia, WA, over 1 million voices against coal and oil, photo by Kristi Nakata.

On January 29, 2018, Governor Jay Inslee rejected the largest proposed oil train terminal in the United States. This was a major victory for our climate and river communities. Governor Inslee determined that the terminal proposed by Tesoro posed unacceptable risks to the health, safety, and sustainability of communities throughout Washington.

Riverkeeper partnered with amazing Vancouver activists and the Stand Up To Oil coalition to organize record-setting opposition to dirty oil. Over 300,000 people weighed in against Tesoro, and Washington’s Energy Council hearings on Tesoro saw the highest-attendance in the agency’s history. We salute the incredible work of Columbia River Tribes that stood up to oil-by-rail. Several Tribal Nations presented a rock-solid case to Washington’s Energy Council and the Governor on the dangerous impacts of oil-by-rail. We are honored to work in solidarity with these Tribes to protect the Columbia from the perils of oil-by-rail and other dangerous fossil fuel projects.

We also salute the tireless work of countless people across the Northwest. Our community organizers empowered the public and turned out record-breaking crowds to hearing after hearing, and our attorneys from Earthjustice shined throughout this long fight. We’re proud of our staff at Riverkeeper, who were there at the beginning to strategize and organize with our partners.

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