Many concerns about terminals

Tesoro and others want to operate oil terminals in Vancouver, Washington. My concerns:

— Explosions, derailments, human error and the variety of reasons causing multiple oil-by-rail catastrophes in 2013.

— Oil cars, to be replaced with safer designs, but operational until then — and the news that the safer ones are also failing.

— Emissions from oil transfer and from oil cars “burping.”

— Fracked oil’s increased combustibility and fracking’s damage to the earth.

— Rail tracks degrading naturally, but especially from daily coal dust contamination.

— Oil shipped through the Gorge possibly spilling into the river. It could shut down river traffic, fishing, tourism, and port jobs for years.

— Tesoro’s track record. They banned Chemical Safety Board inspectors from their facility in California.

— Lack of evacuation and emergency plans, agencies, facilities, budgets.

— Difficulty of reliable, cooperative, comprehensive, and protective regulation.

— Lack of a comprehensive energy policy that sustains us and future generations.

Risk vs gain: the imbalance is clear. Submit comments to DOE to study cumulative impacts of all proposed terminals on all rail communities until May 27 to www.ecy.wa.gov/geographic/graysharbor/terminals.html

Jan Verrinder

Vancouver, Wash.

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