Monday, October 5, 2015

Earthjustice DEIS Comment Letter- sign on opportunity
 Elma DEIS hearing, Oct 1, 2015

The letter below addresses the threat to our region posed by the proposed oil terminals in Grays Harbor, and has links that connect to an EJ comment letter to Ecology and the city of Hoquiam asking that the permits be rejected. Your comments at the petition site will be added to a general letter and forwarded on as official comment. 

Thursday Oct 8th will be the Aberdeen DEIS hearing where you can give comments in person. The hearing will be held at the D&R Theatre, 205 South I Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Rally at 5:00 pm in front of the D&R Theater! wear red
The hearing will have two sessions, from 1:30 – 4:30 pm and then again at 6:00 – 9:00pm.  Please attend one or both. The future of the Washington Coast is at risk.

See info herehere and here for fact sheets and info on submitting written comments.

Please share this important link with your friends and neighbors!


Dear Friends:
We have a chance to stand up to the oil industry now and slow the dangerous expansion of oil transport in Washington.

Oil companies want to expand their Northwest operations by building oil shipping terminals on Washington’s coast and turning our region into a thoroughfare for crude oil transportation by rail and oil tanker.

Take action now to stop two terminals proposed for Grays Harbor, Washington, and protect your community from increased crude oil rail traffic, oil spills and carbon pollution. 

The proposed oil shipping terminals; the explosive, dangerous oil trains needed to feed them; and the continual parade of oil tankers and barges taking the crude over thriving marine waters would put the health and safety of communities, the local economy, tribal culture, and our ocean and coastlines at risk.

This is not the future we want.

A public comment period is underway right now on draft environmental reviews of the risks and harms from the proposed Westway and Imperium terminals in Grays Harbor. Let the Washington Department of Ecology and the City of Hoquiam know that we understand the risks we face with these oil industry proposals, and we don’t think they’re worth it.

The draft environmental reviews found that the risks of oil spills during rail transport, at the terminal site, and during marine vessel transport through Grays Harbor cannot be fully mitigated, and that if a spill occurred, the environmental damage would be significant.

Whether you live five or five hundred miles from Grays Harbor, the oil industry plans to bring more dangerous types of oil through the region, including volatile Bakken crude and toxic tar sands from Canada, increasing the risk of a derailment, collision, spill, fire, or explosion…putting people in Washington at risk.

There’s still time to stop these projects, but to win, we need to your help!

Take action now, then share this alert with five of your friends. Together we can protect our Northwest communities! 
Kristen Boyles 
Earthjustice, Northwest Office 


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