Sunday, October 12, 2014

NW Clean Air Agency- Hearing for Shell Refinery Permit Oct 16

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Public Hearing
Shell Puget Sound Refinery 
Crude-by-Rail East Gate Project

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Proposed Shell Crudy-by-Rail East Gate rail terminal area at March Point, Anacortes, 
encompassed by Highway 20, Fidalgo Bay and Padilla Bay.

Public Hearing
Northwest Clean Air Agency 
Draft Permit for Potential Emissions of Bakken Crude Oil Volatile Organic Compounds
Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (or to when the last person speaks)
Anacortes Public Library
1220 10th Avenue, Anacortes 

Shell Puget Sound Refinery (PSR) must meet the requirements of over 15 permits to ensure that its proposed crude-by-rail terminal will be built. 

The Northwest Clean Air Agency (NWCAA) of Mount Vernon will hold this public hearing regarding one of these permits, whose project is described as follows:

Project description:  Shell Puget Sound Refinery (PSR) proposes to construct a crude oil unloading system with the capacity to unload up to 102 railcars per day. Upon the train’s arrival at the Crude-by-Rail East Gate station, PSR would connect hoses to the bottom of each railcar, allowing crude oil to drain into a large collection pipe. PSR would pump crude oil to existing tanks. The collection pipe and railcar overhead vents are designed as a closed vapor control system.  Volatile organic compounds (ozone precursors) could total 0.9 tons a year. Potential sources of VOCs would be leaks from unloading equipment such as pumps, valves, and flanges and leaks from oily wastewater systems. (Courtesy of Protect Skagit.)
Shell Notice of Construction, G. Criteria Air Pollutant2 Emissions, Page 3, demonstrates the technicality of this proposed permit. Therefore, Carolyn Gastellum of Protect Skagit generously wrote the attached talking points for those who wish to speak at the public hearing.  A second option is to speak that you support the testimony already given. A third option is to come and occupy a seat, thereby expressing concern.  

Nonprofit groups/citizens from Bellingham to Portland and in the San Juans are partnering in their concern over the cumulative environmental impacts of crude oil transport by rail and ship/barge. 
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