Ask DEQ to deny Port Westward air quality permit

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The oil terminal along the Columbia River at Port Westward has been operating outside the law by moving more explosive Bakken crude oil than their current air pollution permit allows. According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the crude oil company Global Partners (aka "the Columbia Pacific Biorefinery") violated air quality laws by significantly increasing its crude oil terminal without permission from regulators.

Global Partners is now applying for a new permit with DEQ to bring 1.8 billion gallons of oil annually through Columbia County, enough to fill 50 trains per month. DEQ is holding a public comment period on the new air pollution permit through 5:00 PM on Friday, April 11, 2014. This is the public's first chance to weigh-in on DEQ's authority to protect public health and the Columbia River Estuary from oil-by-rail terminals.

Urge DEQ to exercise its full authority to protect communities and the Columbia River from the Port Westward crude oil terminal.


  • Director Dick Pedersen


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