On vacation in beautiful Vancouver WA, just north of Portland, with my friends, family, and pets I ran into something quite disturbing. We were out boating in a pristine area of the Colombia River and stopped to let the dogs swim. While we were having our pic-nic in nature, I saw an oil train pass. There are no containment procedures along the river, the train goes within 100 feet of several towns and luxury homes and condos, and interestingly enough I counted 100 tank cars full of oil.
Its a direct drop to the river, and straight through town. People are going to die here, but it brings in $millions a year, so who cares.
|Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC, a subsidiary of Tesoro Corporation, and Savage Companies have entered into a joint venture to develop and operate a new 360,000 barrel-per-day(bpd) crude-by-rail uploading and marine loading facility at the Port of Vancouver, Washington. The Tesoro-Savage Joint Venture will own the crude uploading and marine loading facilities and will enter into a land lease agreement with the Port for an initial period of ten years. Savage will oversee and manage the design, construction and operation of the facility on the Joint Venture’s behalf. The facility is expected to be operational in 2014 and will represent an approximate investment of $75 to $100 million.
The Facility’s principal purpose is to provide North American crude oil to U.S. refineries to offset or replace declining Alaska North Slope crude reserves, California crude production, and more expensive foreign crude-oil imports. The crude oil handled by and shipped through the facility will largely offset other sources of crude oil used by U.S. refineries that choose to source a portion of their crude through the Facility. In accordance with current federal law, crude oil extracted in the United States generally cannot be exported to foreign countries.
Applicant: Tesoro Savage Petroleum Terminal LLC