Environmentalists urge Astoria to oppose oil terminal

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http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20170704/environmentalists-urge-astoria-to-oppose-oil-terminal?ct=t(DA_Updates)&mc_cid=cbf8eeed7a&mc_eid=e8e1dd5a65

By Katie FrankowiczThe Daily Astorian

Published on July 4, 2017 8:28AM

Local and regional environmental groups asked the Astoria City Council Monday night to join with other Pacific Northwest cities to oppose an oil terminal they say threatens the health of the Columbia River estuary.

The Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal at Washington’s Port of Vancouver, first announced in 2013, would be the largest oil-by-rail project in North America. Five mile-and-a-half long trains would carry a daily output of 360,000 barrels of crude oil. The oil would be put on oil tankers that would then cross the Columbia River Bar, according to nonprofit environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper.

The project could “dramatically increase” the danger of an oil spill on the Columbia River from trains coming into the terminal and the…

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