We never learn: A year after Lac Megantic and were shipping 360,000 bbls/day by rail along the Colombia River

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.  oil_train_in_gorgeWhile 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
6340 South 3000 East, Suite 600
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Facility:       360,000 barrels of crude oil per day by rail
    Within the Port of Vancouver, Washington
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About steve@bayintegratedmarketing.com

Steve Ulrich is a principal at Bay Integrated Marketing: www.bayintegratedmarketing.com. I have been working with people to maximize their use of social media and internet publishing, optimize their websites to turn prospects into customers, and establish their personal brand on the internet. We are also working with Eco Distribution, Inc. to find and implement practical solutions to help clean up our air and the environment. Eco Distribution, Inc. is a California based Distributor and Representative Firm dealing in environmentally friendly and Green solutions. We have leveraged 30 years experience in responsible construction management to provide solutions for some of the most impactful challenges facing our air, water, and land. We have an oil/hydrocarbon remediation system that is effective on everything from simple oil stains on a driveway, to complex oil disasters in the ocean. My approach to social media and internet marketing is simple. Instead of spending a fortune “buying” keywords and ads that don’t return anything we concentrate on three areas: I CAN GET YOU FOUND ON LINKEDIN - NUMBER ONE, PAGE ONE.
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