Hundreds Protest Vancouver Oil Terminal

Jul 29, 2013

Hundreds of people came to Vancouver's waterfront Saturday for a sun-baked demonstration against the fossil fuel industry, and its projects in the Northwest. April Baer reports.

The rally and march, organized by Portland Rising Tide, drew marchers from as far away as Benton County, Oregon and Olympia, Washington, with concerns about a range of processing and transportation projects.
Credit April Baer


  The climate change advocates organized a national day of action around the broad range of fossil fuels. But the Port of Vancouver's recent decision approving a train-to-tanker-ship oil terminal for West Coast refineries added grist for protestors like Pat Douglass of Vancouver. She's not happy about the oil terminal project, and wants to stop encouraging fossil fuel industries.

Douglass: "I think to ask individuals on their own to make changes is one part of the answer, butŠ part of our power is to stop the transport."

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Friday the state will not prejudge extensive permitting process lying ahead for the terminal. But he added it's important for Tesoro to answer questions about the safety at the facility.

The activists spent part of the protest marshalling their forces for several upcoming permit reviews.

Canvasser: "We've got public comment cards, available for people to sign."

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